CAPE CORAL, Fla.- A Cape Coral race car driver is lucky to be alive after a dramatic crash Saturday at Full Throttle Speedway in Bradenton.
Geoff Styner suffered a cracked vertebrae, a cracked sternum, and punctures to his lungs when his Three-Quarter Midget flipped and crashed into the wall. The impact broke the protective cage surrounding Styner.
Track officials say it appears something broke on the car, causing it to spin and flip.
Styner was scheduled for surgery Monday afternoon. His wife Linda confirms to WINK News, surgeons are installing a medical device called a "halo" to keep his neck alligned that he will wear for at least three months.
"Even the neurosurgeon said that with the impact he took and the injuries he has, there are two ways to come into the hospital, the way he came in and dead, and we're thankful that he came in the way he came in," Linda said.
Linda described her husband as being in good spirits, eating, and talking ahead of Monday's surgery.
Donations to help with Styner's medical costs will be collected during this weekend's races in Auburndale and Tampa's East Bay Raceway.
Updates on Styner's condition and additional donation information can be found here.