MASON, Ohio (WDTN) – A family is in mourning after their son 19-year-old Ethan Roser was killed at track meet in Illinois. Friends are calling his death a ‘freak accident’.
Roser was a graduate of Mason High School and most recently a student at Wheaton College near Chicago. He was volunteering at a track meet when he was accidentally struck with a piece of track equipment called a hammer and killed.
“It’s really tough,” Roser’s friend Max Schaafsma said. “Like this is where it happened and it’s crazy to see like how just life in a moment can go away.”
It happened while Roser was standing in the middle of the field.
“He dropped down,” bystander Marcus Malcolm said. “And was unresponsive after that.”
“Wheaton College Public Safety and the City of Wheaton paramedics were on the scene immediately, and Ethan was transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove where he was pronounced dead,” a representative for the school said in a statement. “We are deeply grieved, but, because of our faith in Christ, not without hope. We ask people to pray for Ethan’s family, his friends, and our campus community.”
“Ethan was self-less, the nicest person you would ever meet,” Roser’s friend Joseph Grimes said. “He was fearless and wonderful in everything he did. He gave 100 percent to every aspect of his life.”
Friends at Mason High School say they’re in disbelief over what’s happened.”
“He was the nicest person,” Grimes said. “And would not say anything mean to anyone. And just for him to be volunteering and to have this happen to a person like Ethan is shocking.”
Roser’s friends at Wheaton College are standing strong, hoping something good can come from this tragedy.
“Through this tragedy, we can all bond together and be able to grow closer to the Lord and even though it’s really hard,” Schaafsma said. “We can still know Ethan is in heaven with God.”