Man run over on beach downgraded to serious condition

Myrtle Beach, SC - MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The Myrtle Beach man who was sunbathing on the beach May 14 has taken a turn for the worse and is now in serious condition, according to hospital officials.

Grand Strand Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Joan Carozza said Erik Randall Rabon, 34, was downgraded from fair condition, noting the condition is defined as "acutely ill with questionable outlook, vital signs may be unstable or not within normal limits. There is a chance for improved outlook."

Myrtle Beach first responders were dispatched to the scene near Eighth Avenue North where they found Rabon pinned between the bottom of a truck transporting rental chairs and the sand.

Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Doug Furlong said Craig Risbourg, 60, of Myrtle Beach, was driving the truck owned by Huggins Beach Service when the accident occurred around 1:30 p.m.

According to a police report, the truck ran over Rabon after Risbourg started to turn around to drive south and stopped to look at the water. When he started again, he heard a noise under the truck and discovered he had run over Rabon.

According to the report, Risbourg told officers he "just didn't see him over the hood line."

Risbourg was ticketed for careless driving and fined $262, according to authorities.

A source close to the situation told WMBF News Rabon is paralyzed from the shoulders down, but hospital officials have not commented on the extent of his injuries.

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