May 28, 2014

Marathon man airlifted for head injury

Detectives say they are investigating how a Marathon man suffered a head injury late Monday or early Tuesday morning on Coco Plum Drive in Marathon.

Deputies responded to Coco Plum Drive at 9 a.m. to reports of a man lying in front of the entrance to D&D Seafood. When they arrived, paramedics were already on the scene treating 51 year old Rolando Rodriguez. They told Deputy Gil Gonzalez Rodriguez would be airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center for treatment of a head injury.

A man who works on a boat docked on the property told the deputy Rodriguez, whose nickname is “Loco”, had been on the property the night before. He said Rodriguez was intoxicated and was asked to leave the property. He said at one point Rodriguez got into a confrontation with another person at the boatyard. He said Rodriguez fell or was pushed into the water and swam away.

He told Deputy Gonzalez Rodriguez returned later and began throwing lobster traps at the man he’d had problems with earlier. He said Rodriguez must have fallen from on top of the lobster traps and rolled into the water. He said he and the other man pulled Rodriguez from the water. He said he gave Rodriguez a blanket and a life jacket and left him sleeping in front of the building.

The man who was in a  confrontation with Rodriguez told a similar story. Detective Nick Whiteman says he is looking into the circumstances in an attempt to determine if Rodriguez’ injuries were caused by an accident, or if a crime took place. Rodriguez is reportedly in critical condition at the Ryder Trauma Center.


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