The Herald Bulletin

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February 1, 2008

2 p.m.: Anderson student injured in single-car accident

Soccer player Austin Dorff sustains multiple skull fractures

An Anderson High School student is recovering from multiple skull fractures after his vehicle collided with a tree Friday morning.

Austin Dorff, 16, was traveling eastbound in the 1600 block of 38th Street when his Oldsmobile Bravada sport utility left the roadway and struck a tree. Bill Dorff, Austin’s father, said his son sustained “significant head trauma” in the accident.

“Everything is going good right now,” Bill Dorff said. “It looks like he’s going to get by with a few fractures. He’s very fortunate.”

Dorff said his son was late for school at Anderson High School when he passed another driver on 38th Street and lost control after returning to the right lane. Upon seeing the accident, the other driver stopped to get help.

“She was gracious enough to stop and call the police and wait with him until they got there,” Dorff said.

Emergency responders had to extricate Austin because of massive damage to the vehicle. He was taken to St. John’s Health System, then transported via ambulance to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis

A junior midfielder on the Anderson High School soccer team, Austin was selected to the all-conference team in the North Central Conference. Three soccer balls and a pair of cleats were in the vehicle at the time of the crash.

A MySpace page bearing Austin’s name is decorated with images of the Brazilian soccer star Ronaldinho and features comments from past and present Anderson High School students.

While a winter storm on Thursday did not leave as much snow as some predicted, it did leave a layer of ice that slickened roads and contributed to several minor traffic accidents Friday morning. Anderson Community Schools Superintendent Mikella Lowe defended the decision not to close school or use a two-hour delay as did other local districts, including Alexandria, Elwood and Frankton-Lapel.

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