The Raiders, the women’s basketball team of Northwest Florida State, is dealing with the shock of its coach’s injuries sustained in a violent car accident on SR 75. The head-on crash affected all lanes of northbound traffic in Okaloosa County on State Road 85. Three people were injured, including the drivers of both cars. Patrick Harrington, the coach of the Raiders, was taken via helicopter to Baptist Hospital in Pensacola in critical condition. His legs were badly injured. Immediate surgery was performed in effort to repair them.
The accident occurred when Patrick Harrington and his wife, Lori were traveling down SR 85. Arthur Clyburn veered across a median and three southbound lanes before striking the couple head-on. Head-on crashes multiply the speeds of each traveling vehicle. Eyewitness accounts describe the crash as truly horrific both drivers were extracted from their vehicles via the Jaws of Life. Patrick Harrington was driving a Ford Fusion and Clyburn was driving a Nissan Versa—each was essentially totaled with over $20k in damage. While Mr. Harrington was listed as in critical condition, his wife, Lori was listed as in serious condition at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, to which she was transported via ambulance with cracked vertebrae and ribs. After several hours she was released to join her husband.
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Team Stands Behind Coach
The Raiders team was shocked to learn about the horrific crash and injuries suffered by their beloved coach. Several members of the team turned to social media to offer get-well messages. Harrington is a popular coach with the Raiders, having led them to two consecutive quarterfinal appearances in the NJCAA Division, as well as a record of 100-25. According to Raiders team members, Mr. Harrington’s focus on treating the team like family was evident through their success on the court.
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For some, full recovery is not attainable and life is forever altered; for many, injuries, such as those to the neck and back, continue to cause physical pain and mobility issues throughout their lives. If a friend, loved one or family member has experienced trauma as a result of a car accident, it is vital they seek representation to help them receive restitution for pain, suffering, and financial costs. The goal, when battling the challenges that come with surviving a serious accident, is to mitigate those challenges as much as possible. Call the law offices of Cohn & Smith today at 954-320-6328 for a free consultation.