Tuscaloosa businessman with Demopolis connections in coma after beating

Published 10:06 pm Tuesday, July 9, 2013

A Tuscaloosa businessman with Demopolis connections is in a coma after he was attacked at a New York concert.

Jason McNeil has been hospitalized since July 5 in Buffalo after being attacked in what is being described as a random act of violence or a case of mistaken identity following a Kid Rock concert.

According to media reports, McNeil, 43, suffered from a serious head injury and is in a trauma intensive care unit in critical condition.

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McNeil’s wife, Pam Courtney McNeil, is from Demopolis. The couple has two daughters.

A fundraising campaign to help the family has been started on the website Give Forward. There is a $25,000 goal to aid with McNeil’s recovery.

As of Tuesday, the fundraising campaign is almost halfway to its goal. To view the website, visit bit.ly/150tuyH.

The Genesee (N.Y.) County Sheriff’s Department said that Craig M. Lawson, 34, of Ontario, Canada was arrested and charged with misdemeanor third-degree assault after allegedly punching McNeil in the face until he was unconscious. Lawson was released from jail after posting a $1,000 bond.

McNeil is a native of New York. He is co-owner and operations manager of Synchronous Industrial Services, an automotive supplier in Tuscaloosa.