A suburban Chicago police commander says a track coach who was struck in the head with a 12-pound shot put during a track and field event last week is expected to recover.
42-year-old Ed DeGeeter originally was listed in critical condition when he was injured Friday at a meet in Elgin but Elgin Police Commander Glenn Theriault says his condition has improved.
Presence Saint Joseph Hospital officials did not immediately return a call to update his condition.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/SAw9ih ) that an official with Aurora's Marmion Academy where DeGeeter coaches says DeGeeter was standing with another coach looking at his clipboard when he was struck with the 12-pound put in the top of the forehead that had been thrown by a student warming up.
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