Walter Pierce

Update: UL prof on the mend

by Walter Pierce

A UL Lafayette business professor injured Saturday when his bicycle was struck by a car in College Station, Texas, is showing further signs of improvement.

According to an update posted on KATC TV3's facebook page, friends of Tanner say the professor is no longer on a ventilator and is talking. Tanner might be moved out of intensive care today, and a tube used to drain fluid collecting around his brain has been removed. KATC also reports Tanner's memory is returning.

The professor suffered a severe head injury when his bicycle was struck by a woman driving to her daughter’s wedding. No charges have been filed in the matter. Tanner, who has been at UL for nearly two decades, was teaching a summer course at Texas A & M University.