St. Thomas student in ICU after bike crash on Cleveland Ave.

- University of St. Thomas student Evan Steeves remains in the intensive care unit at Regions Hospital in St. Paul after he was struck by a car while riding his bike on Cleveland Avenue late Saturday morning. According to an update on his CaringBridge journal, surgery to relieve the pressure on Evan’s brain was successful and doctors are looking at the possibility of removing his breathing tube.

“Overall he is doing well, considering what he has been through. Each hour and each day are blessings,” wrote Mark Steeves, Evan’s father. “It is truly amazing how God works through our doctors and nurses to make miracles happen. These angels are giving Evan the gift of life. Thank you for your prayers, love and support.”

Evan Steeves is a senior electrical engineering major from Maple Grove, Minn. A prayer service was held Sunday night at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas.

The crash happened at about 11:45 a.m. Saturday near the intersection of Cleveland Avenue and Jefferson Avenue. The impact threw Steeves into the windshield, leaving him with a traumatic brain injury.

According to St. Paul police, witness accounts suggest the car had the right of way at the time of the accident. The driver was cooperative and no impairment was detected by officers on scene.

The car was northbound on Cleveland Avenue and entering the intersection at Jefferson Avenue when the driver noticed a bicyclist approaching the intersection. Steeves, riding westbound on the sidewalk of Jefferson Avenue, could not stop in time and entered the street, where he collided with the car. He was not wearing a helmet.

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