Illinois College Student Killed in Freak Accident at Track and Field Event

A Student from Wheaton College was killed in a tragic accident during a track and field competition on Saturday.

The student who has been identified as 19 year-old Ethan Roser was volunteering at the track meet when he was struck with a hammer during the hammer throw event.

Witnesses said that Roser was in the middle of the field when he was hit in the head by the hammer. Bystander Marcus Malcolm recalled Roser, “dropped down and then was unresponsive after that.”

Fox News defines a “hammer” in track and field as a heavy metal ball attached to a thin wire. In the men’s event a hammer weighs 16 pounds and in the women’s event, it weighs near nearly 9 pounds. It is unclear which type of hammer was involved in the accident.

According to school officials, paramedics arrived immediately and Roser was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where he was pronounced dead.

Friends said that Roser was a freshman transfer student from Cincinnati, OH and a member of the soccer team.

Wheaton College President Philip Ryken said in a statement, “We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope. We ask people to pray for Ethan’s family, his friends, and our campus community.”

The school and members of the community held a vigil in honor of the teen.




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