High school freshman dies after collapsing during football practice

Pauline Gross
August 23, 2017

Police and fire officials say a 14-year-old freshman has collapsed during football practice at his New York City high school and died.

The incoming freshman was rushed to Montefiore Medical Center North Division where he was pronounced dead, an NYPD spokeswoman said.

"The student was treated immediately on campus and paramedics transported him to a local hospital", the school said in a statement.

At least four other boys have died during the past two months around the country during practices.

It's unclear whether heat or exhaustion played a role in Dominick's death, but there was a heat advisory in effect in the Bronx from noon to 6 p.m. School officials say practice was earlier in the morning.

"The heat and humidity may cause heat stress during outdoor exertion or extended exposure", the advisory said.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, later tweeted: "Our hearts break for this young man's family".

A school's spokesperson said Bess collapsed during "non-contact" practice.

"We basically did drills, running drills, scout offense", Smith said.

A source at the school says the students were exercising outside in shorts and T-shirts without pads - training that officials say is not rigorous. It was his first day of practice.

The football season begins in September, but practice had been ongoing for weeks. He was carrying a log with his teammates when it struck him in the head at Sachem East High School on Long Island.

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