Teen Killed In Horrific Accident At College Hammer Throw Event

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An Illinois college freshman was tragically killed at a track and field event after being accidentally hit by a hammer during the hammer throw.

Ethan Roser was volunteering at the Saturday afternoon competition held at Wheaton College. He was tasked with marking the distances of the thrown hammers — 16 pound metal balls (8.8lbs for women throwers) attached to a grip through a steel wire.

During warm-ups, the 19-year-old was standing near the area where the metal balls were landing when he was struck in the head by an errant hammer.

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Roser was immediately transported to Good Samaritan Hospital where he was pronounced dead. He had transferred to the school in January and had planned to become a minister.

Roser’s father, Reverend Mark Roser, maintained a grief stricken, faith-based reaction to the devastating loss of his son, saying in a statement:

“He’s just a really special kid. We’re having a really hard time saying goodbye and letting go. We know God’s in control, and he works everything out even though it’s beyond our comprehension.”

The Wheaton Police Department is investigating to determine if there was criminal negligence, but it’s looking like this was just a freak accident that resulted in a tragedy.

Our hearts go out to Ethan’s loved ones.

[Image via Wheaton College.]

Apr 24, 2017 4:31pm PDT

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