Gulf Hammock man injured in crossbow hunting accident
Monday, September 19, 2011
Media contact: Karen Parker, 386-758-0525
A Gulf Hammock man was injured Sunday evening while he was
hunting in a private hunt club in Levy County.
John C. Champion (DOB 09/25/89) was hunting from his Polaris
Ranger in the Fiber Factory Hunt Club, according to Florida Fish
and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) investigators.
Champion, who is a paraplegic, was hunting alone around 6 p.m.
and was attempting to cock his crossbow. He accidently fired the
bolt through his left foot, pinning his foot to the floor of the
Ranger, investigators said.
He attempted to free his foot, but was unsuccessful. He then
tried to drive out, but became stuck on some brush.
Other hunters and family members arrived a short time later and
took Champion to Levy County paramedics.
Champion was transported the Seven Rivers Hospital in Crystal
River for treatment. He suffered a puncture wound and several
broken bones in his left foot, said FWC investigators.
FWC officials are investigating the incident.