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Man hit by classic car suffered fractured skull

(photo: Scott McMullen)

THE DALLES, Ore. (AP) — A spectator who was seriously injured when he was struck by a 1955 Chevy Bel-Air at a classic car cruise in The Dalles is being treated for a fractured skull and broken bones.

The Dalles Chronicle reports that 53-year-old Ronald Leroy Medorin, of Portland, was driving the Chevy and posted bail on Monday on a charge of second-degree assault.

The spectator, 28-year-old Craig Byers, was the most seriously injured of several spectators hurt at the annual Neon Cruise event.

Investigators say Medorin rapidly accelerated after a light turned green. Some witnesses say he was trying to race a vehicle in the adjacent lane.

Cruise organizers say they will take a closer look at allowing "burnouts," a practice that involves spinning a car's wheels to produce smoke.

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Information from: The Dalles Chronicle, http://www.thedalleschronicle.com

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