Parents: MSU-Mankato student's fall from sober bus not a 'stunt' - KMSP-TV

Parents: MSU-Mankato student's fall from sober bus not a 'stunt'

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MANKATO, Minn. (KMSP) -

Minnesota State University-Mankato student Dylan Smyth remains in critical condition after falling off the back of the shuttle bus dedicated to offering a safe and sober ride home.

Smyth’s parents released a statement Thursday, thanking doctors for their care and the community for support.

Paul and Troy Smyth said their son tried to board the shuttle bus twice, but it was full. They added that his fall from the back of the bus was not a “stunt” but an accident in his effort to get home.

WHAT HAPPENED

Surveillance video from the city of Mankato shows people lining up to board the late night Express at the bus stop on Cherry Street. As the bus turns the corner, an unseen passenger can be seen standing on the back bumper.

Officers found Smyth several blocks away, laying in the middle of an intersection after he apparently fell off the back of the bus.

SMYTH FAMILY STATEMENT

We are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support, positive thoughts and prayers we have received during this difficult time. Dylan is a very strong and resilient young man. He is an accomplished student, and we are very proud of our son.

On Saturday night, he made a number of very good decisions; including not driving home. Dylan made two attempts to board the “sober bus.” Unfortunately, the bus was full. We commend the City of Mankato and Minnesota State University, Mankato for providing the “sober bus.”

His attempt to ride on the back of the bus was not a stunt — it was an effort to get home.

We want to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Mayo Clinic Health System for their tireless efforts of healing and comfort.


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