Tragedy struck a small town in Indiana this week as an 8-year-old boy died after being hit by a baseball during practice.
Dylan Williams was struck in the head by a ball on Tuesday and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. On Wednesday, he died after his family decided to take him off life support.
"It's probably one of the saddest things I've ever heard," Union City Mayor Bryan Conklin said.
The close knit community, which has a population of roughly 5,000, is shocked by Williams' death.
"For a kid to be playing something he likes to do, and then ... it's just ... heart-breaking," Conklin said.
Dylan's father, Erick Williams, was coaching at the time of the accident and said he saw his son get hit.
"He was playing first base and they went to throw a ball to him and he wasn't really looking, and to me it looked like it hit him in the side of the neck and he just dropped to the ground," Williams told WHIO-TV.
An autopsy performed on Thursday revealed that Dylan died of "complications of blunt force trauma" to the right side of his head and neck.
A recent USA Baseball study of players from T-ball to college found 39 deaths among 32.6 million participants between 1989 and 2006. This figure equates to about two deaths per year across all amateur levels.
Via USA TODAY