School baseball participant, 19, dies from head damage after dugout collapses

A Central Penn School baseball participant has died after a makeshift dugout collapsed.

Angel Mercado-Ocasio, 19, suffered a traumatic mind damage on Monday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on the seventh and Radnor baseball fields. He died late Tuesday at Holy Spirit Hospital.

Mercado-Ocasio was dissembling a picket dugout at a subject that was constructed with out the town’s permission – Mercado-Ocasio, a coach and a number of other others put the dugouts up and felt accountable to take them down.


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Angel Mercado-Ocasio, 19, suffered a traumatic mind damage on Monday in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on the seventh and Radnor baseball fields. (Andy Mead/YCJ/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)

“Our Central Penn School household is devastated by the lack of Angel,” Central Penn President Linda Fedrizzi-Williams mentioned in an announcement. “As pals who’ve change into household, we’re mourning the heart-wrenching lack of considered one of our personal, a promising younger athlete who senselessly misplaced his life whereas serving to others benefit from the sport he liked a lot. No phrases can adequately specific our anguish.”

“Anytime somebody passes, we lose just a little little bit of who we’re. It hurts much more when it is considered one of our personal,” added Harrisburg Mayor Wanda Williams. “Angel was our son; a proud Harrisburg Cougar, and a stand-out, promising younger athlete. He died serving to others across the sport he liked. It is heart-wrenching. Angel embraced so many individuals and now we have to embrace his reminiscence. We ask everybody locally to wish for his household, his pals, and his teammates, as we get by this impossibly tough time collectively. The Metropolis of Harrisburg wish to lengthen our honest condolences and prayers to the household.”

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Angel Mercado-Ocasio died within the hospital on Tuesday night time. (Erica Denhoff/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)


Mercado-Ocasio was revived after first responders carried out CPR and had been in crucial situation.

Coach Gerardo Diaz, who was dissembling the dugout, positioned blame on himself for not paying nearer consideration to his gamers within the space – he instructed FOX 43 they have been “playing around.”

“I attempted my greatest to guard him,” he mentioned. “I obtained mad at them. I instructed them to cease taking part in round, however youngsters will probably be youngsters. I nonetheless really feel accountable.”

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A 19-year-old baseball participant is lifeless after a dugout collapsed on him. (Alokito Mymensingh 24 Photograph/Charlie Riedel)

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The town was awarded a $13 million grant to repair points with native parks, nevertheless it stays to be seen how the cash will probably be used.

Peter Johnson