Another sudden and jarring tragedy has struck a high school community, this one in Shoreham, N.Y.
According to Newsday
, Shoreham-Wading River (Shoreham, N.Y.)
junior guard and linebacker Tom Cutinella
was pronounced dead at a local hospital a short time ago, after a collision on the field in the third quarter of a game against John Glenn earlier in the day.
Cutinella was rushed to an intensive care unit at Huntington Hospital, where he died after surgery. School districts where both teams are located confirmed Cutinella's passing.
"He was a great kid," Shoreham-Wading River coach Matt Millheiser told Newsday shortly after he heard the news. Millheiser told the newspaper while Cutinella was taken from the field, "It was a big hit."
Some 60 friends and family waited at the hospital for what they hoped was positive news. The game was stopped after the collision with Shoreham-Wading River ahead 17-12.
This is the second football player in the country this week — and at least sixth this season — to collapse on the football field and later die.
On Monday, Rolesville (N.C.)
junior Isaiah Langston
died after collapsing during pregame warm-ups for a Friday game at Southeast Raleigh. The cause of his death is unknown. He was 16. Douglas County (Douglasville, Ga.)
senior lineman Zyrees Oliver died Aug. 11
after being removed from a ventilator. He reportedly suffered from
over-hydration after drinking two gallons of water and two gallons of
Gatorade after practice.
A week earlier, Noah Cornuet, a 16-year-old sophomore from Burrell (Lower Burrell, Pa.) collapsed on the first day of practice
following a round of wind sprints. Several reports indicated Cornuet died of atrial myxoma, a rare heart tumor.
On Aug. 22, Walker Wilbanks
, a junior three-sport standout at Jackson Prep (Miss.)
felt ill during a game with Oxford and was rushed to the emergency
room, where he apparently had a seizure. He died three days later. An
autopsy doctor said Wilbanks died from a severe loss of sodium that
caused water to build up in the brain. He called it a "freak" occurrence
that could not have been prevented.
On Sept. 1, Curtis (Staten Island, N.Y.)
junior lineman Miles Kirkland-Thomas
collapsed during practice and later died at Richmond University Medical
Center. The cause of death of the 6-2, 295-pound 16-year-old has yet to