Man hurt in demolition derby dies
Submitted by Howard Owens on July 27, 2009 - 3:39pm
(UPDATED 9:40 p.m.)
David W. Connors, the Livonia man injured in an accident at the demolition derby on Saturday, has died.
The Sheriff's Office confirmed his death this afternoon. He was prounced dead at 1:31 p.m. at Strong Memorial Hospital, according to a release issued late this evening.
Connors, 64, was a safety official at the demolition derby and was on the derby's track when one car struck another, spinning the second car around violently about 180 degrees. The back of the second vehicle then struck Connors.
The driver of the mini-van that struck Connors has been identified as Eric Weis, 27, of Batavia.
The accident occurred about 8:21 p.m. Saturday.
As soon as Connors was hit, crews from the Stafford and Elba fire departments as well as Batavia ambulance personnel jumped over a concrete barrier from where they were standing and went to his aid. A yellow vinyl barrier was erected around him while emergency personnel tended to him.
He was quickly transported via ground ambulance to UMMC and later transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester where, as of about 10 a.m. this morning, he was still listed in guarded condition.