Seoul American teacher, coach critically injured in Fla. Accident
Chris Dickinson, a teacher at Seoul American High School who has coached the Falcons wrestling and swim teams, has had both legs amputated near the knee following a car accident Sunday in Pensacola, Fla., DODDS officials said Wednesday.
Dickinson, 62, of Santa Rosa Beach, underwent emergency surgery and was in the surgical intensive care unit of Pensacola’s Baptist Hospital in critical condition Monday, according to WZEP 1460, an AM radio station serving DeFuniak Springs and Walton County.
Dickinson was crushed while standing between two cars at Highway 98 and County Road 283 about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. He was a passenger in a separate vehicle which had been involved in a previous crash. While the drivers of the first two vehicles were exchanging information, another car struck the rear of one of the stopped vehicles. Dickinson was pinned between the two front cars on impact, then fell free to the pavement after the first vehicle rolled forward.
He will be out of school for several months as he goes through rehabilitation, a DODDS Pacific official said in an e-mail received by Stripes on Wednesday afternoon.
Dickinson is the son of the late William Louis “Bill” Dickinson of Opelika, Ala., the longest-serving Congressman in Alabama history. The Republican served 14 terms from 1965-1993 and was at one time the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee.