Speedway caller on mend after being hit by car
THE Clarence Valley community has been heartened to hear local speedway commentator Frank Inmon is recovering after he was struck by a car last month.
Mr Inmon, who calls the speedway racing at Grafton and Lismore, was on his motorised mobility scooter in Queen St, Grafton, when an out-of-control car mounted the kerb and hit him on July 16.
With serious head and chest injuries, Mr Inmon was rushed to Coffs Harbour Hospital and was in a coma for more than a week.
Mr Inmon's son, Nick, said the good news was his father had escaped brain injury but there were still complications in his treatment.
"He's got 10 broken ribs," Nick said. "The doctors at Coffs were going to take out his breathing tube this week, but they had to put it back in.
"They found the bottom of his lung had collapsed."
Nick, a former Daily Examiner employee, now the general manager at the Warwick Daily News, said his dad had no memory of the accident.
"My brother Brad had to tell him where he was when he came to," Nick said.
Nick said his father was in the intensive care unit and could remain there for at least another week.
"They were planning to move him out of ICU this week, until they found the collapsed lung," he said.
Nick said his famously talkative father was only able to communicate in whispers at the moment.
"He's got that many tubes down his throat, he can't talk properly," he said.
Local sporting groups have used Mr Inmon's abilities on the microphone extensively.
"He calls the speedway at Grafton and Lismore, the bikes at Gnudwoc park, dragon boat racing. Anything where a call is required," Nick said.
"He even called the races for a while at Grafton when the local race caller died."
Nick said his dad will remain in hospital for at least another two weeks, and most likely longer.
"His ribs need to heal and he has to get skin grafts for his arms. But he is getting better," he said.