Coach Dies In Freak Accident: California High School Teacher And Coach Impaled On School Gate While Riding His Bike [PHOTO]
By Jesse Lent | March 06, 2013 10:37 PM EST
A 59-year-old California high school teacher and coach died Tuesday following a freak accident where the gate at his school impaled him in the stomach as he was waving to a student.
Rio Linda High School's multimedia teacher and track and field coach Marion Adams had just finished coaching the school's track and field team on Monday when the freak accident happened, according to the Sacramento Bee.
As the beloved coach headed home on his bike, he stopped wave to a student. As Adams turned his head, the school's gate impaled him in the stomach.
Coach Adams was rushed to Mercy San Juan Hospital where he was operated on twice, as his students, co-workers and friends filled the waiting room. However, he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday.
The coach dies after hours of holding on for hours after the freak accident with the gate, a testament to the teacher's strength, his brother David Adams said.
"Doctors told us that most people would die right away from an injury like that," David Adams said. "But Marion was a fighter, and they twice resuscitated him. They opened his chest to massage his heart, and thought he had a chance. But they could never stop the bleeding. It was too much."
David Adams remembers his brother Marion as a caring man who loved to see kids succeed.
"Marion loved kids, loved seeing them do well," David Adams said. "He absolutely loved Rio Linda. He gave up a job that paid really well to teach and coach at his favorite school."
All around Rio Linda High, students and faculty mourned the death of the coach and teacher that was loved by many within the school walls.
"Marion was the most popular and nicest man on campus, just a great guy," said Mike Morris, Rio Linda High School's athletic director and varsity football coach. "It's a huge loss, devastating to our community. He's an example of how great Rio Linda is as a school and community. He couldn't wait to come back here. This place meant everything to him."
Coach Marion Adams himself had graduated from the Rio Linda, Calif. high school.
Morris recalls Coach Adams as tough, particularly on Freshman players, but that he still endeared himself to everyone around him.
"He worked with freshman kids who are just learning how to go to class, and some still learning how to put the gear on, learning their bodies," Morris said. "He was strict and demanding, but they loved him. We all did."
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