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Student dies after being hit by ball in gym class

RAMONA, Calif. – A high school sophomore died Wednesday after being hit in the chest with a softball during gym class in Ramona, school officials said.

Taylor Dorman, 16, was in the middle of playing “Over the Line,” an improvised softball game, when he was struck in the chest with the ball around 11:40 a.m., Ramona High School principal Tony Newman said.

Taylor Dorman

Taylor Dorman

“After being hit Taylor complained of his chest hurting then he collapsed,” Newman said.

A helicopter landed on the school’s field and transported Dorman to Palomar Medical Center where he died.

Students and faculty gathered at the school Wednesday evening to mourn his death – and celebrate his birthday – Dorman turned 16-years-old Wednesday.

His friends said Dorman was a tough competitor and played freshman football.

“We had planned our lives together. We were going to play football for another two years and then join the military,” said Chris Hartness, one of Dorman’s best friends. “Now that’s all gone.”

Friends told Fox 5 that Dorman’s father died of a heart attack when he was young.

The cause of death was not immediately released.

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43 Comments to “Student dies after being hit by ball in gym class”

    Brittney said:
    April 10, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    We will always love you Taylor

    Michele said:
    April 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

    Profoundly heartbreaking, I feel so bad for his mom. I am sorry.

    Beverly said:
    April 10, 2013 at 11:22 PM

    Condolences to the family and the community for their loss.

    Anonymous said:
    April 11, 2013 at 3:08 AM

    So sad for his family & friends. He’s in a better place now, playing football with his dad. RIP

    ruud said:
    April 11, 2013 at 3:33 AM

    Condolences to the family and friends.

    LouMother said:
    April 11, 2013 at 5:38 AM

    I am in Louisville, KY and have a 17 year old son…. I just can't imagine what Taylor's family and friends are going through. How devestating! Just know that people throughout the nation are praying for you all!!!

    Guest said:
    April 11, 2013 at 5:45 AM

    RIP young man. It is so sad when you hear stories about our young kids leaving us far to soon.

    blitz1904 said:
    April 11, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    So sorry to hear this

    Waiyusotan said:
    April 11, 2013 at 8:13 AM

    So sorry to hear something like this. I have child who is 16 also. I can imagine the feelings of the family.

    Guest said:
    April 11, 2013 at 8:14 AM
    ScottE.2132 said:
    April 11, 2013 at 8:15 AM

    Rest easy in the arms of Jesus, Taylor. You are the spitting image of my son. I am praying for peace and comfort for your family.

    guest said:
    April 11, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    sorry to all

    Gene said:
    April 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    My son just had his 17th birthday on Tuesday as well. I can't imagine losing him and the pain that his family and friends are feeling. My sincere condolences to all. May God bless and keep this young fellow and his family.

    Jacquelyn said:
    April 11, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I am just heartbroken about this. I am so sorry for the family's loss of this precious boy.

    Mimi said:
    April 11, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I'm sorry for your lose!! May god watch over the family in the time of healing.

    Sezme said:
    April 11, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Nothing could have prevented this tragedy. But I hope that parents test ALL young ones for any latent heart problems before starting any sports program. Sad.

    frank said:
    April 11, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    Kids dying by softballs?

    BAN SOFTBALLS!

      Dante said:
      April 12, 2013 at 7:12 AM

      you sir, are a idiot…

    jonnyess said:
    April 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Deeply saddened in CT. Condolences to all who are affected by the loss of this young man.

    Ashlee said:
    April 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    i'm so sorry i feel so bad, God watch over this family and bring them peace. Condolences to all. <3 Ashlee.

    Robert attson said:
    April 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Rip Taylor i do not know you but raised in the same town went to the same high school may the lord keep u safe in youre travels

    pamitoo said:
    April 11, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Chris Hartness, do not let this define you and your future. He was one of your best friends and you have a right to mourn as long as you need but continue with your dreams. Taylor can continue to be with you in whatever you do. I'm sorry and sad for all of you.

    Ray Andre said:
    April 11, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Sad to hear such a freakish accident could take a young person's life. This is a game (OTL) which I played a great deal as an adolescent because you could play with only 4 people. I taught it to my little leaguers (using a hardball) who had never played it. Who would have thought such a simple game could result in such a tragedy. My prayers to this young man's parents and loved ones.

    MrFrost said:
    April 11, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Poor kid , Rip brother.

    steve said:
    April 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

    Sending love, and long distance hugs, from N.H.

    Jackie said:
    April 11, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    My heart goes out to his family….

    ana said:
    April 11, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    my prayers are with the family. all my kids play sports and as much as I love to watch them play that little worry is always deep in my thoughts. may God bless the family

    steve said:
    April 11, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Frank ahole

    Isabel said:
    April 11, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    I am heart broken for your loss. He looks like he was a terrific Kid. My heart goes out to the family , May you find peace in knowing you will see him again one day. God Bless

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