Ethan Roser, a 19 year old college student, was an regular student at Chicago’s Wheaton College. He was running a track meet, when he met his unfortunate early end.
At approximately 4:15 pm on Saturday, Roser died after being hit by a hammer while at the track meet. He was there volunteering. Roser was always active at the school, also taking part in the men’s soccer team.
There was a hammer throw that was taking place near the track meet. In the hammer throw, student athletes throw a heavy metal ball that weighs approximately 16 pounds for the male athletes and almost 9 pounds for the female athletes.
This ball is attached to a steel wire by a little loop. The thrower spins the wire three or four times before finally releasing the ball. Obviously, there is a lot of force that goes into these heavy steel ‘hammers’ so getting struck by one is very dangerous.
He passed away at the local hospital after being treated by paramedics.
The private school says that the community has to hold on to their faith in Christ and that everyone should pray for Ethan’s family, friends and the entire campus community.
Wheaton College freshman Ethan Roser, 19, died after the accident about 4:15 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement by the school. Roser, who transferred from Cincinnati in January, was volunteering at the track meet. Paramedics treated Roser and he was transported to a local hospital, where he died, the statement said.
“We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope,” said Wheaton College President Philip Ryken in a statement. “We ask people to pray for Ethan’s family, his friends, and our campus community.”
It wasn’t known whether Roser was volunteering at the hammer throw or at a nearby event. In the hammer event, athletes throw a metal ball — 16 pounds for men and 8.8 pounds for women — attached to a steel wire form inside a circle, according to International Association of Athletics Federation. The thrower usually makes three or four spins before releasing the ball. Roser was a member of the men’s soccer team, according to the athletic department’s website.