[JPL] Jazz man escapes 'great balls of fire'
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Thu Mar 1 11:14:07 EST 2007
Jazz man escapes 'great balls of fire'
Thursday, March 1, 2007
A jazz musician has been injured after jumping from a burning motor home
driven by a one-time roller skating stripper.
Francis Courtney, 60, a guitarist and singer for US band "Cradle of Sound,"
leaped from the motor home on a highway overpass.
In the process, the 1979 motor home's brakes failed and the driver, Anthony
"Tony" Luccketta, 49, had to stop the vehicle by crashing into a fence.
Courtney, whose band once opened for BB King, was taken by ambulance to a
local hospital with minor injuries, the California Highway Patrol said.
Luccketta, who is still known for his roller skating stripper gig but now
focuses on playing music, was not injured.
There was no sign of alcohol involvement, police said, and the Coors Light
beer can on the motorhome's dashboard appeared to be a decoration.
One witness happened to be outside in the sunshine when she saw the motor
home heading east on the overpass.
She saw the door "flapping" open and dialed 911 when she saw a figure leap
out of the moving vehicle.
"And then I saw a huge bonfire in the middle of it," she said of the motor
Courtney was unconscious at one point, the shaken woman said, but he was
later able to talk to paramedics as they placed him in an ambulance.
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