A former Robert Vela High School track star sued the Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District after fracturing his skull and losing a part of his brain following a pole vaulting accident.

According to the lawsuit filed in June, Nick Larson was seriously injured preparing for the Region IV meet in April, when he was a senior at Vela.

Larsen, 18, earned the 2019 District 31-6A and 31 and 32-6A area pole vaulting championship his senior year.

The suit alleges that on April 24, during an attempt to clear the 14-foot, 6-inch bar during competition, Larsen was “propelled” off the mat and hit his head on the concrete.

“His skull fractured and pushed inward, compressing his brain,” the suit states. “Additionally, a small portion of his brain was severed and lost.

“Nicholas was rushed to the hospital where emergency surgery was performed, ultimately saving his life. A steel plate was inserted into his head to protect his brain.”

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