Vinny Roddy was hit by a softball and is suffering from a skull fracture, severe swelling, and possible brain damage.
COLONIAL HEIGHTS (WRIC) - A Colonial Heights man is in serious condition after a foul softball struck him in the back of the head.
25-year-old Vinny Roddy is no stranger to the baseball fields in Colonial Heights and the surrounding areas. Vinny, also known as V-Rod by his friends, has played baseball for the majority of his life.
But it's what happened, while he was off the ball field that landed him in the Intensive Care Unit.
"He was actually watching the game and he got up for a minute, took a step away and was hit in the back of the head by a line drive foul ball," says friend Geordie Breidenbach.
Roddy collapsed instantly and was then rushed to the hospital where friends say he is suffering from a skull fracture, severe swelling, and possible brain damage. Roddy spent days in a medically induced coma, fighting for his life.
"It's been really hard," says friend Lindsey Robbins. "But he came out of his induced coma and is piecing together memories, so there is hope."
Friends say Vinny is the type of guy who would do anything for anyone.
"Even though he has been 'the little guy' he has always had the biggest heart," Breidenbach says. "Vinny is the kind of guy would give you the shirt off his back, it might not fit you but that's who he was."
The accident comes on the two-year anniversary of the day Vinny's dad died from cancer.
Friends say because of that, combined with the time Vinny's mother has taken off work to be by Vinny's side, it has created a financial burden for the family.
"That's why we are doing so much fundraising to go ahead and make it easier on them," Robbins says.
"Every hour that she is not at work is an hour that she could have been making money to help for this, and for Vinny as well," says Breidenbach. "He was working an hourly job and right now it's going to be tough for them."
Friends are now turning to the internet, hoping Vinny's community will rally behind one of their own.
"It's really nice to see a community like Colonial Heights, Petersburg and Chesterfield pick up and run with this," Breidenbach says. "He's got a big group of friends, that love him and who are working really hard to support him in this tough time," Robbins says.
A fundraiser has been set up at youcaring.com to collect money. So far friends have raised just under $4,000 for Vinny and his family. Numerous restaurants in Colonial Heights and Petersburg have placed jars by the cash register for customers to drop in a few dollars.