Newlywed dies weeks after being struck in head by softball


Palm Harbor resident Greg Fusco died Dec. 17 after suffering from a skull fracture during a Dec. 2 softball tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, according to a GoFundMe page created by friend Cortney Hinkle.

Fusco was on the pitcher’s mound at the Davis Park baseball diamond when a batted ball struck him in the temple. He was subsequently flown to a Jacksonville hospital, where surgery was performed. Following surgery, Fusco was placed in the Intensive Care Unit for recovery.

Fusco and his wife had recently returned from their honeymoon, and the GoFundMe page – which raised more than $22,000 to date – was set up to help them with medical costs. On Dec. 17, however, Hinkle updated the page with a notification that Fusco had died.

“Today is an unfortunate day,” she wrote. “There are no words to put together to even begin to start the healing process. … Thank you to everyone for all your love, support and donations.”