PEORIA — The statue of Lydia Moss Bradley knocked over Saturday night sustained only minimal damage and will be restored over the coming month, Bradley University officials said Tuesday.
The statue of the university's founder was struck by a motorist who fell asleep at the wheel about 9:30 p.m. Saturday and was transported soon after by a skid steer to the university's art building.
Sculpture professor Fisher Stolz reviewed the damage to the statue and determined that only minimal damage to it had occurred, even though it had been knocked off its stand and thrown at least 25 feet.
"Mrs. Bradley has always been an incredibly tough and resilient woman, thus, she was able to withstand this tragic accident with minimal injury," the university said in a statement applying the personality of the long-dead founder to the statue placed on Founder's Circle in 1997 to mark the centennial of the school.
Stolz is expected to provide a full report on the damage later in the week, and the statue will remain out of public view during its restoration.