A recently erected baseball dugout collapsed, killing a Pennsylvania college player who was assisting in the dismantling of the illegal construction, authorities said Thursday.
Angel Mercado, a 19-year-old middle infielder at Division II Central Penn College, had just finished his freshman season when the awful event occurred on Monday afternoon.
Mercado was participating in the East Shore Twilight Baseball League, and his team had hired the 7th & Radnor Sports Park in Harrisburg for games and practise, according to Harrisburg city spokesperson Matt Maisel.
According to Maisel, Mercado’s recreation league coach created this temporary dugout on Sunday after the city warned him he wasn’t permitted to build such a structure on public grounds.
According to authorities, Mercado was one of the players assisting the coach in disassembling the dugout when it collapsed on Monday. He was hit in the face and taken to the hospital, where he died late Tuesday night, according to Maisel.
There will be no criminal charges filed in this case.
Nothing criminal occurred here, Maisel said. There will be no charges filed against the coach. There will be no charges brought against anybody. This is nothing short of a disaster.
Central Penn College is located in Summerdale, about six miles west of 7th and Radnor Sports Park and across the Susquehanna River.
The institution stated in a statement that it was “sincerely devastated” by Mercado’s death and that he was working in a program unaffiliated with the college.
Their Central Penn College family is heartbroken by the loss of Angel, said President Linda Fedrizzi-Williams in a statement.
As friends who have become family, they are grieving the heartbreaking loss of one of their own, a promising young athlete who died senselessly while assisting others in enjoying the sport he loved so much. There are no words to express how they feel.
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