Freak Lid Accident Critically Injures High Schooler
Lid Flies 224 Feet
POSTED: 6:45 pm EDT August 18, 2007POLAND, Ohio -- A high school trumpet player who suffered a fractured skull when a metal chewing tobacco lid shot out from under a passing lawnmower was in critical condition on Saturday, hospital officials said. A summer worker on a ride-on lawnmower ran over the lid just as Mark DeMartino, 18, emerged from a Poland Seminary High School building Thursday morning to go to band practice, said school superintendent Robert Zorn. The lid was lifted into the air and flung 224 feet -- directly into DeMartino's head, officials said. The high school senior was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he underwent surgery. Poland is about 7 miles south of Youngstown.