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College student killed by ‘hammer’ at track & field meet

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 23/04/2017 ANDY CLAYTON
<span style="font-size:13px;">Ethan Roser</span> © Wheaton College Ethan Roser

A freak accident at a college track and field competition claimed the life of a student volunteeer Saturday.

Ethan Roser, 19, a freshman transfer student at Wheaton College from Cincinnati, Ohio, was struck and killed by a hammer during the hammer throw event.

The Illinois college said in a statement that was struck at approximately 4:15 p.m. Saturday afternoon. City of Wheaton paramedics were on the scene and transported Roser to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

"We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope," Wheaton College President Philip Ryken said in a statement. "We ask people to pray for Ethan's family, his friends, and our campus community.”

According to the Christian college, Roser transferred to Wheaton in January and was a member of the soccer team.

The school held an on-campus prayer service Saturday night.

The hammer throw is a field event that involves a metal ball (16 pounds for men, 9 pounds for women) attached to a steel wire.

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