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Old 10-05-2015, 11:01 AM
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Default Ocala doctor killed hooking up boat to SUV...

Anyone hear any details about this one yet?

The article is pretty sketchy. All I can think is that he let it roll over him or something. Weird...


http://www.ocala.com/article/2015100...nt-at-his-home

An Ocala orthopedic surgeon died Friday afternoon in a non-traffic accident involving a vehicle and a boat.

Michael K. Riley, 49, was at his home at 13025 S Highway 475 when the accident occurred just before 4 p.m., said Lt. Ryan Robbins, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

Robbins said the report on the incident was not immediately available Saturday because the case was still open, but he said there was nothing suspicious about the death.

“He was trying to attach a boat and boat trailer (to the vehicle) when the catastrophic injury occurred,” he said.

Riley died at the scene and no one else was injured, Robbins said.

“It was really just a tremendous tragedy,” he said.

A 1993 graduate of the University of Michigan Medical School, Riley practiced at The Orthopaedic Institute in Ocala at 1710 SE 16th Ave. He started practicing in 1998 after completing his orthopedic surgery training at the University of Florida College of Medicine, according to his online biography on The Orthopaedic Institute’s website.

In a YouTube video tied to the Institute, Riley states that he went on to become one of only a few orthopedic surgeons in the area to be certified in sports medicine.

Riley’s wife, Poorti, also is an Ocala physician. She is a gynecologist and practices at Florida Women’s Health. She could not be immediately reached Saturday for comment.
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I saw that last night. I live here and have never heard of him.
I'm curious about what happened.
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Ouch, that definitely left a mark! Prayers for the doc and his wife. I do indeed wonder what in the heck happened to cause a "catastrophic injury" if for no other reason than to avoid doing the same thing. I mean, I hook up my boat all the time by myself. Short of running yourself over somehow, I don't get it? ;?
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Pretty sure he probably ran himself over or got pinned. Hop out of the SUV with it still in reverse perhaps?
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Originally Posted by bayfisher92 View Post
Pretty sure he probably ran himself over or got pinned. Hop out of the SUV with it still in reverse perhaps?
That was my first thought as well.
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That's crazy. A father of a kid I grew up with is a brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he's worked on many high ranking government officials, when it comes to the operating room he is top notch, when it comes to basic street smarts he is severely lacking, I once saw him look down the barrel of an AR after it misfired. He also had numerous screw ups when boating.

What a tragedy I can't even begin to imagine what would have happened to result in death while hooking up a trailer.
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Originally Posted by Leeroyjenkins View Post
That's crazy. A father of a kid I grew up with is a brilliant orthopedic surgeon, he's worked on many high ranking government officials, when it comes to the operating room he is top notch, when it comes to basic street smarts he is severely lacking, I once saw him look down the barrel of an AR after it misfired. He also had numerous screw ups when boating.

What a tragedy I can't even begin to imagine what would have happened to result in death while hooking up a trailer.
I know wayyyy to many engineers that show these exact characteristics. They can draw up complex formulas/ create schematics for the most wild things but it when it comes to common sense.. none, nor social interface.
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Yeah I was thinking along the same lines... Really big heavy boat, not hooked properly and chocks removed then touch the hitch just right and the thing pins him. What's weird is I can't find any mention of it on the web other then the Ocala Star Banner story. You can see his house on Google but there's heavy enough tree cover you don't see a boat anywhere.

Sad. I bet it was really painful either way. I feel for the family too.
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Originally Posted by bayfisher92 View Post
I know wayyyy to many engineers that show these exact characteristics. They can draw up complex formulas/ create schematics for the most wild things but it when it comes to common sense.. none, nor social interface.
Yup it's crazy, he's lucky he has plenty of money to fix his screw ups. I like to think of my brain as a utility player
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My former MD crushed his hand when the trailer rolled forward and crushed his hand on the bumper. He was new to boating.

Did not have the wheels chocked on slight down slope in his driveway. Grabbed the winch to pull the boat to him, then tried to stop it, by grabbing the hitch. Only rolled about a foot, but that was enough.

Long painful recovery and surgeries.
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I think it was probably a chocking failure of some sort. Either run over by the boat or truck. Injuries of this nature are pretty common among men. Something big starts to run away and we think we can stop it some how by holding on or chasing it. Never ends well. Prayers and condolences to his family.
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Something big starts to run away and we think we can stop it some how by holding on or chasing it
^^^^ It's nearly impossible to stop that instinct... nearly cost me my arm a few years back in a similar scenario.

--> Prayers and condolences to his family.
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i hook up and disconnect my trailer almost daily. believe me when i tell you that i have done a lot of dumb shit while doing this. for the life of me i cant see how he could have caused that bad of an injury that he could have died from.
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I was cranking the jack unhooking the trailer and the little pin in the jack wasn't seated properly. The jack folded and the boat dropped about 1 1/2 feet a knocked me flat on my belly. I can see where something totally unexpected can happen.
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I'll bet a sloped driveway had something to do with this
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Maybe smashed his head between the trailer and the vehicle when the trailer roiled forward.
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Originally Posted by Crabpot Man View Post
That was my first thought as well.
ditto
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Originally Posted by ryan darrow View Post
I'll bet a sloped driveway had something to do with this

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That is just awful to hear. Hard to believe such a freak accident can happen to anyone in seconds. Usually stupid unsafe acts but some times just freak accident or a few second of distraction.

Prayers for the family.
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there is the lucky and the unlucky, hate it for all concerned

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