California’s Rio Linda High School coach and teacher Marion Adams was riding his bicycle home on Monday evening when he crashed and eventually died, according to a CBS 13 Sacramento News report.
Adams, who taught broadcasting and coached football and track finished practice on Monday and headed home. En route, he crashed into a parking lot gate not far from campus and was impaled onto a pole that went several inches into his stomach.
He was discovered by one of his track team students, Marcel Brown.
“He looked like he was going to be OK. He was nodding his head yes and no. I was thinking he was going to be alright,” Brown said.
According to the Christian Post, the accident took place when Adams turned around to say goodbye to a student as he was riding his bike. He slammed his bike into the metal gate, impaling him. He reportedly underwent two surgeries to treat his internal bleeding, but eventually died to early Tuesday.
The school held a vigil for the beloved coach and teacher on Tuesday. His distraught son Joe Adams is in disbelief. “It’s like a nightmare. I keep waiting to wake up, just hasn’t hit me all the way,” according to CBS 13 Sacramento.
Mike Morris, Rio Linda High School varsity football team coach and athletic director, told the Sacramento Bee, “Marion was the most popular and nicest man on campus; just a great guy. It's a huge loss, devastating to our community.”
Adams is survived by his wife Kathy, his children Joe and Sarah, two grandchildren, his mother, Edith, and seven siblings.