FC man seriously injured in bar brawl recuperating at home
Published on Tuesday, 09 May 2017 08:06
A 53-year-old Falls City man who suffered a life-threatening head injury in a fist fight outside a local bar April 17 was released from the hospital over the weekend and is doing well at home.
Bill Lotter suffered a fractured skull with bleeding on his brain during an altercation outside The Would Eye Bar over Easter weekend and spent a week under sedation in the intensive care unit at Bryan Lgh Medical Center in Lincoln. Lotter, who was first treated at Community Medical Center before being transported to Lincoln via medical helicopter, was hospitalized for nearly three weeks. He returned home Saturday and is making a solid recovery, according to his family.
Meanwhile, the 29-year-old Falls City man who allegedly caused Lotter’s injuries has been charged with first degree assault, a Class II Felony punishable by a minimum of one year and a maximum of 50 years imprisonment.
Zachary Schawang appeared in County Court and posted the 10 percent of his $30,000 bond and is set to return for a preliminary hearing May 24.
The two men were reportedly arguing inside the bar, got separated, and took the fight outside. According to court documents, video taken outside The Would Eye indicates Schawang, who has experience as a mixed martial arts fighter, struck Lotter in the head, knocking him to the ground, and then allegedly got on top of him and punched Lotter in the face; the force of the punch then caused the back of Lotter’s head to strike the sidewalk. Officers found him unconscious and unresponsive.