BUCYRUS, Ohio – A community in Ohio is mourning the death of a teenager after a freak accident following a basketball game with friends.
According to WJW, 16-year-old Noah Lear died early Wednesday morning from injuries he suffered 18 days ago.
Melissa Griffin, Lear’s mother, told the Galion Inquirer that he was playing basketball with friends at church when he tried to dunk the ball.
“When he went to dunk the ball, the whole thing- post, backboard and rim, came down on him,” Griffin said.
Immediately , emergency crews were called and Lear called Griffin while being treated by paramedics.
“He just said that he had an accident and his mouth was bleeding really bad and he knocked a few teeth out. He said the police were with him and he was being taken to the hospital,” she remembered.
While at the hospital, Lear’s condition declined.
Lear suffered cardiac arrest twice because the part of his brain that controls his heart and blood pressure was badly damaged.
On Wednesday morning, Lear was pronounced dead.
“This is an incredibly challenging time for our students and staff,” Secondary School Principal Mark Burke said on the school district’s website. “The Bucyrus City School District is a family, and we will do whatever is necessary to help each student and staff member deal with losing a classmate, student and friend. Noah and his family are in our thoughts and prayers.”
The school district also announced that it would close on Monday, March 21 for Lear’s funeral.