Rhode Island Settles for $1.45M in Baseball Player's Death

January 29, 2016

The University of Rhode Island has agreed to pay $1.45 million to the family of a baseball player who died after collapsing during a team workout in 2011. The family's lawyer told the Associated Press that the settlement ends a "hard fought" wrongful death lawsuit first brought against the university more than three years ago. The university also announced that it will establish a scholarship in the player's memory.

While advocating for legislation that would mandate automated external defibrillators be readily available at all Rhode Island athletics events, the player's mother, Michele Ciancola, said her son died of heatstroke and because Rhode Island athletic trainers did not have access to a defibrillator. She said her son's body temperature spiked to 107 degrees, and he was resuscitated five times before dying three days later at a hospital.

"This horrific chain of events provides you with a description of the pain and suffering that my young, healthy son endured," Ciancola said.

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