Still in hospital, Trivellas showered with support

The Freshman Class Council kicked off a campaign Sunday to make get-well cards for Branford College freshman Andromahi “Mahi” Trivellas ’11, who has been in serious condition since she became the victim of a hit-and-run accident a week and a half ago.

Trivellas was hit by a speeding car on the corner of York and Elm streets early Oct. 14 morning and has been admitted to Yale-New Haven Hospital with critical head and spinal injuries since the collision.

FCC members gather Sunday night to collect the many get-well cards for Andromahi “Mahi” Trivellas ’11. The cards were placed outside dining halls for students to sign.
Aileen Agricola
FCC members gather Sunday night to collect the many get-well cards for Andromahi “Mahi” Trivellas ’11. The cards were placed outside dining halls for students to sign.

Trivellas is currently in serious condition at YNHH, a hospital spokesperson said Monday evening. After being classified as critical immediately following the accident, Trivellas’ condition improved to serious and then to fair last Thursday.

The Branford freshman has used her Facebook account as recently as 11:39 a.m. Monday. Trivellas responded to a post on her wall Sunday evening and thanked a friend for wishing her luck on a surgical procedure that she was scheduled to undergo.

A Yale New-Haven spokesperson would neither confirm nor deny that Trivellas had undergone surgery.

Natasha Sarin ’11, the Calhoun FCC representative who introduced the idea for the cards, said she saw the ambulances on York and Elm streets the night of the accident.

“I was really freaked out,” Sarin said. “My roommate and I were talking about how it could have very well been one of us. Basically, we wanted to think of something that we could do to make a difference.”

The FCC distributed the 12 cards — 11 letters and one exclamation point — among its representatives, and students signed the cards at dinner in college dining halls and in Commons on Thursday.

Bob Jeffery ’11, one of the two Branford FCC representatives, said the cards were well-received.

“I think Mahi definitely appreciates the support — that’s what her friends have been telling me,” Jeffery said. “Now we have these cards from almost all of Yale, or at least a lot of freshmen.”

Ran Tao ’11, a Trumbull FCC representative, said that many people at the Trumbull dining hall had heard Trivellas’ name, but were not aware of the extent of her injuries.

“A lot of people were shocked, but most people were really supportive,” Tao said.

Trivellas’ twin sister, Myra Trivellas ’11, thanked the Yale community for its support in a Facebook Note dated Oct. 17.

“I can’t believe how many people are thinking about her; it really means a lot to know how much support is out there,” Myra Trivellas wrote. “I smile and sometimes cry with each new name and note.”

Early Sunday morning, exactly a week after Trivellas’ accident, a vehicle struck a pedestrian who was trying to get into his own car outside Toad’s Place at 300 York Street. NHPD charged 24-year-old Eric Frieson, who is not a Yale student, with driving under the influence, operating a motor vehicle without a license, unsafe movement and failure to drive a reasonable distance apart.

City Hall spokesperson Jessica Mayorga said Sunday that there were no new developments in the hit-and-run investigation, which is currently being conducted by New Haven Police Department.

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