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Victoria man airlifted after apparent ATV wreck

By Jennifer Lee Preyss
Nov. 17, 2013 at 5:17 a.m.
Updated Nov. 18, 2013 at 5:18 a.m.

Witnesses gather near the entranceway of Harry Joe Bateman's private property after an ATV accident. Bateman was flown by helicopter  to the San Antonio Military Medical Center.

A Victoria man was flown by helicopter to San Antonio Military Medical Center after what appears to be an all-terrain vehicle wreck on his private land.

Victoria Sheriff T. Michael O'Connor said deputies responded to an emergency call in the 2800 block of Lower Mission Valley Road to assist Harry Joe Bateman, 79, with severe burns.

Victoria Fire Battalion Chief Shannon Martin, who also was on scene assisting with Bateman's transfer to the San Antonio hospital, said bystanders found him near the entrance of the property at 4 p.m. and called 911.

When emergency officials arrived, Bateman was sitting in a white, late-model Chevrolet Silverado that was parked near the end of the driveway.

The details of Bateman's ATV wreck and burn injuries are unclear, as well as how and why he drove himself to the end of the driveway.

Sheriff's deputies searched the land for Bateman's ATV because it was not initially located near the truck. Martin said deputies were able to locate an ATV, but whether Bateman was injured while riding the vehicle is unknown.

At least four other ATV-related injuries and deaths have been reported in the past year in the Crossroads.

Brittany Dawn Adkinson, 12, of Yoakum, died in November of last year on an ATV.

A Victoria man was discovered unconscious in a ditch along Lee Marshall Drive after falling off an ATV in March.

Martin Olguin Jr. also died in April while riding an ATV in Victoria.

And a 10-year-old Victoria boy was injured in July.

Bateman's condition at the San Antonio hospital was unavailable.

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