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    I just received this message from John Joshi this morning

    Dave, not long ago this morning our local news was at the business of Geary Bates where a car he was working on fell on him. They tried to life flight him but the weather was to bad for the flight so he was driven there. They haven’t released his name but they did say it was a drag car he was working on. Not sure of his condition prayers for him
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    It is important to point out that no name has been released yet, and that this is all the facts I know at the moment. I raced him in the first round on Saturday night. He's had a bit of bad luck lately, and I sure hope he's going to be OK.

    If you pray, you might want to say one for him and his family.
    A vehicle fell on a man in Wintersville, causing significant injuries.Wintersville Fire Department and EMS were first on scene at Bates Amusement when they received a call that a man was pinned under a vehicle.An employee at Bates Amusement said he was wor
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    Brent Wheeler has confirmed that the man was Geary. Unsure of condition.
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    • #3
      I visited his company site to see if there was info posted there. Was not. I don't remember if he told me that he sold or was selling the business. I know his kids had been running it for a while.
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      • #4
        Through the rumor mill of Brent calling Mike Davis, who hadn't heard about it; so he called Brian Merrick (very close friend of Geary, Mike, Brian and Geary pit together) - who hadn't heard anything about it; who called Geary's family.

        4th hand info, but it appears he has broken ribs, maybe a punctured lung, and they're testing on head injuries - which could be as minor as a concussion. While it all sounds very serious for a man Geary's age, I'm getting the feeling it might not be life threatening.

        However, take all info with a grain of salt. None of us are doctors and the information is far removed from coming from a doctor, so I hesitate posting it.

        My understanding is Brian will stay on top of it, update Mike, who will update Brent to update me/this thread.

        Please keep Geary in your thoughts and or Prayers.
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        • #5
          Brian is a real good friend of Geary and should be a good source for info. Geary is one tuff ol guy in my eyes and hope he can pull through this.

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          • #6
            Prayers sent for Geary, hope he makes a full recovery. Super nice guy.

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            • #7
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              • #8
                The last information i received:

                Not as bad as they first thought. Facial lacerations. 6 broken ribs. His lungs are not punctured. They are bruised real bad.

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                • #9
                  i hate to say sounds good, but he dodged a bullet.
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                  • #10
                    Any updates?
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                    • #11
                      Geary Bates is in the house in Norwalk.

                      He bought his 428 Cobra Jet 68 Mustang to the snow and not his race car. I spoke with him for a while and he's hurting, but threatening to be racing at Indy. I'm doubting it, but he's a tough old bird.

                      He says that he had his car on Wooden blocks and was adjusting the pinion angle when the var somehow moved off. He was lucky that someone was there, who jumped on a forklift and lifted car off of him.
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