(Mass-Transit) – Markus Anthony Dashawn Jackson was left in a medically induced coma after being injured when a car smashed into the Metro Transit bus he was riding last month in St. Paul.
Jackson, 19, sustained a brain injury in the July 21 crash — in which another rider died — and ever since, his family waited anxiously for signs he might recover. They got one earlier this week.
The 2016 graduate of St. Paul’s Central High School opened his eyes and spoke. His first words had something to do with pizza rolls — his favorite food, according to his mom, LaShonna Kyles. She got another emotional boost soon after.
“He actually said, ‘Hi, mom.’ That was big for me because it (meant) he recognized me,” Kyles said. “It’s going to be a very long road. … We don’t know how long. … I didn’t know if he (would ever be) able to speak … so just having any kind of response … gives me hope.” CONTINUE