Teen dies after hit in chest by softball

April 11, 2013 at 8:00 AM

RAMONA, Calif., April 11 (UPI) -- A 16-year-old boy died at a California high school after being hit in the chest by a softball during gym class, school officials said.

Taylor Dorman was playing "Over the Line," an improvised softball game, during gym class Wednesday when he was struck in the chest with a ball, Ramona High School Principal Tony Newman said.

"After being hit Taylor complained of his chest hurting then he collapsed," he said.

Fellow students told KFMB-TV, San Diego, that Dorman continued playing the game and seemed fine for about 20 minutes, even joking with the student who had hit the ball at him before collapsing.

A helicopter transferred Dorman to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido where he died a few hours later, KFMB reported.

The cause of Dorman's death was not reported.

Friends of the student, who played football, said his father died of a heart attack when he was young, KSWB-TV, San Diego, reported.

Students and faculty gathered at the school Wednesday evening to mourn Dorman's death and also celebrate his birthday, which was Wednesday, KSWB said.

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