Broken golf club pierces Ark. college student in neck

The broken club struck part of her spine and nicked an artery when it splintered during a frat party


The Associated Press

JONESBORO, Ark. — An Arkansas State University vice chancellor says he doesn't expect charges to be filed in the freak injury of a student who was impaled in the neck by a broken golf club.

Natalie Jo Eaton was hit in the neck Tuesday night at Arkansas State University's Kappa Alpha fraternity house. A sharp fragment struck part of her spine and nicked an artery.

Witnesses say a 19-year-old fraternity member was using the club like a baseball bat to hit a football when it splintered. It traveled 30 feet before impaling Eaton.

She is being treated at the Regional One Medical Center in Memphis. A hospital official said she remained in critical condition Friday.

Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Rick Stripling told KAIT-TV that university authorities don't suspect foul play.

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