Coach dies in freak accident

Community members at Sacramento County in California were shocked and horrified as Rio Linda High School track and football coach Marion Adams dies in a freak accident on his way home Monday.

The 59-year-old teacher and sports mentor was riding his bicycle in returning to his residence after practice when the accident occured.

The Sacramento Bee reports that Adams turned around to say goodbye to a student when he hit into a car-park barrier of the school’s athletics field.

The pole of the half-opened metal gate penetrated Adams’ stomach.

He was rushed to Mercy San Juan Hospital after the accident, but succumbed to internal bleeding following a series of surgical operations.

Adams served as an inspiration to young football players. Reports said he sometimes uses personal money to purchase equipment just to get them going.

A vigil for the popular and well-loved coach was held Tuesday night. He is survived by his wife Kathy, son Joe and daughter Sarah and two grandchildren.