Passenger injured at mud bog

Posted 12 October 2013 at 12:00 am

Press release, Orleans County Undersheriff Steve Smith

CARLTON – An Albion man was injured with a partially severed ear while he was a passenger during a mud bog event today.

The incident occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. at Lake Alice Motor Sports, located at 1766 Waterport Rd.

Eric C. List, 49, of Bergen was operating a 1995 Jeep in the Lake Alice Mud Bogging Event. (Mud Bogging is a form of off-road motorsport in which the goal is to operate a four-wheel drive vehicle through a mud pit, which may be flat or hilly.)

Joel Barczak-Garcia, 23, of Albion was a rear-seat passenger in the Jeep. At some point, the vehicle travelled over a mud jump and down an embankment. Barczak-Garcia was not wearing a seat belt. His head struck a metal protrusion inside the vehicle resulting in the injury.  He was transported to Medina Memorial Hospital by Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance.

Two other passengers in the Jeep, Michelle Gallo, 39, and Jennifer Haines, 26, were not injured, nor was List.

The incident was investigated by Deputy J.J. Cole.