Freak accident: Wheaton College freshman dead after hammer-throw incident
Fourth Estate Staff
Wheaton, IL, United States (4E) – A freshman student from Wheaton College, who wanted to be a minister, volunteered at a track meet and the metal used for the hammer-throw event killed him after it accidentally landed on him.
Authorities and school officials identified the student as 19-year-old Ethan Roser from Cincinnati. The incident took place at around 4:15 p.m. in the area. Wheaton College Public Safety and paramedics did life-saving efforts on him and took him to the Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. They pronounced him dead shortly thereafter. They scheduled an autopsy this week before releasing the official cause of death.
Hammer-throw is one of the four throwing events during track and field competitions. Although the word hammer is used in the name of the sport, it does not look like a regular hammer used as a tool. In hammer-throw, the hammer is a metal ball attached by a steel wire so the athlete could grip it. The size of the ball varies since it could be played both by men and women.
Bystanders claimed Roser was in the middle of the field when the accident happened. One of the witnesses, Marcus Malcolm, recounted that Roser became responsive immediately after he got hit by the hammer. They held a vigil for him on Saturday evening.
Roser was the son of Christian missionaries and he went to Wheaton College just this year since he and his family have been in Africa for the previous years. His father, Rev. Mark, said they know their son is with Jesus now and they take comfort of that thought.
The brother of Roser also took to Facebook on Saturday that they are shocked and struggling to comprehend how they will live without his youngest brother. He also said that now they grieve over his death but they will “reap in joy when we see him again in paradise.”
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