SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A 15-year-old Del Rio High School football player died Wednesday of injuries he received from 'a good, clean hit' during a football game last weekend.
Ruben Chavira suffered head injuries when he was tackled and driven out of bounds in a game Saturday with John Marshall High School.
The youth was taken to Medical Center Hospital, where he remained in a coma until his death Wednesday, doctors said.
Although the blow Chavira received was a contributing factor, doctors blamed the youth's condition on a cardiac arrest he suffered en route to the hospital.
Chavira complained of headaches following a Sept. 23 game, but an examination failed to show any physiological problems, said his father, Robert Chavira. The youth was not allowed to play in a Sept. 30 game as a precaution.
On Saturday, Chavira collapsed into a coma after he was tackled in what Del Rio News-Herald sports editor Carl Guys called 'a good, clean hit, absolutely clean as a whistle.'
Chavira remained unconscious and hooked to a respirator since the weekend accident.