Runway Model Recovering from Bus Accident

Runway Model Recovering from Bus Accident
Jia Santos
Barbara Nitke/Bravo

updated 07/28/2006 at 10:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/28/2006 10:40AM

Project Runway model Jia Santos, who was hit by a bus and then dragged underneath it six weeks ago, has been released from a Manhattan hospital, the New York Daily News reports.

The accident occurred in mid-June as the Hungarian-born catwalker, 18, was riding her bike in New York City to a taping of the Bravo reality show.

"She was dragged underneath the bus," Javier Hernandez, her agent at Avenue Models, told the News on July 12. "She fractured her skull and her eye socket and was in critical condition for three days. Now she has been in intensive care for a month."

Hernandez told the News that Santos's first words upon regaining consciousness were, "Am I still on Project Runway?"

When the accident took place, Santos was modeling for one of the contest's final three designers. Her accident is explained on the finale episode, according to the paper.

Santos left the hospital Wednesday night sporting large sunglasses and escorted by her artist boyfriend, Biagio Black, and two other pals. "She's still pretty tired from everything," Black told the News. "She's very happy to be out."

"She seems to be healing well and we wish her the best of luck with her career," one of her physicians, Dr. Daniel Sulmasy, told the paper.

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