UNION CITY, Indiana (WDTN) - An 8-year-old boy died Wednesday after being hit in the neck with a baseball.
Dylan Williams was practicing with his little league baseball team in Union City, Indiana Tuesday afternoon when he was struck.
Erick and Georgiana Williams said their son was covering first base and didn't realize that someone had thrown the baseball to him. The ball struck Dylan's neck and he collapsed before his father's eyes.
"He wasn't breathing," said Erick Williams, "He went into cardiac arrest."
Dylan was flown to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis where he was pronounced dead per the Marion County, Ind. Coroner's office, who determined the the cause of death to be complications from blunt force trauma to right side of neck and head.
"It was a typical day. We went to practice," said Erick Williams. "Just didn't come home this time."
Erick helps coach the Union City 8U All-Star team. He talked about how much his son loved baseball.
"Dylan was doing what he loved. He loved baseball," said Erick. "He loved all sports," added Dylan's mother, Georgina."
Dylan's parents arranged for his organs to be donated to others because it's what their son would have wanted to do, they said.
"Some families got a huge gift last night from a great kid," Erick said. "He's going to live on with a lot of other people"
Funeral arrangements have yet to be finalized.
A Dylan Williams fund has been established. People can mail donations to:
PO BOX 427
Union City, IN 47390
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