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Fundraisers being set up for injured Canandaigua demolition derby driver

Family and friends of Billy Bradley Jr., who was injured July 28 in a demolition derby crash on the final day of the 2018 Ontario County Fair, are putting together fundraisers to help him with expenses as he recovers from the serious injuries he suffered.

Sasha Merritt, a cousin, said the accident occurred about 45 seconds after the first heat when Bradley was backing up on the track and collided with another driver who was going forward.

She does not know how fast the other driver was going, but said Bradley related the last time he looked at his speedometer, it read 50 mph.

“Billy flipped forward and all the EMTs (emergency medical technicians) rushed over after everybody started screaming he was hurt,” Merritt said.

Sgt. Michael Rago of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office said the other vehicle struck the rear driver side corner of Bradley’s vehicle, a Chevy Cavalier.

He said the accident happened around 8 p.m. — about an hour after the event started — and Bradley was transported by East Bloomfield Ambulance, standing in at the fairgrounds for Canandaigua Ambulance, to the infield where he was picked up by Mercy Flight and taken to Strong Memorial Hospital with back and neck injuries.

Casey Kunes, president of the fair board of directors, said emergency crews are always on site and at the track during all fair events at grounds off County Road 10.

“They were able to administer medical attention,” he said. “They determined it might be best to bring in Mercy Flight.”

Merritt said there is no guarantee, but that doctors are encouraged by his progress, which has moved faster than expected. She said they’re not able to tell a lot in the first three weeks to three months.

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