Eastern Indiana boy dies after hit by baseball

Family, community devestated by accident

UNION CITY, Ind. - An 8-year-old eastern Indiana boy has died in an Indianapolis hospital from injuries he suffered when hit by a baseball during practice.

Dylan Williams was at baseball practice Tuesday night in Union City.

The principal of Williams' elementary school said Williams was on first base, and a teammate threw a ball to him that he didn't know was coming.

The ball hit Williams in the back of the neck and he immediately went down and stopped breathing, the principal said.

First responders arrived quickly and took Williams to a local hospital. He was later flown to Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis where he passed away Wednesday afternoon.

The Marion County Coroner confirmed that Williams died of blunt force trauma.

Doctors had no explanation for Williams' family about the fatal accident.

"They're at a loss, they're at a loss. They said one in 10 million or something like that," his father, Erick Williams said.

Dylan Williams was an organ donor and his parents agreed to donate his organs.

"He helped several young kids last night, that's what he would have wanted. He was a great kid," Williams said.

Brad Hoggat was Williams' music teacher at Northside Elementary School and was devastated by the tragedy.

"As a school leader, I want to make sure that we can provide whatever, not just the family, but particularly the other two children as well with what they're going to need," Hoggat said.

Williams' family said a charitable foundation was being set up in his name through a local bank.

His father hoped the money could be used for things like a defibrillator at the ballpark.

"Maybe even just to make sure coaches are trained in CPR because I couldn't even, I couldn't help him," Williams said.

Services for Dylan Williams will be held early next week.

Union City is about 75 miles northeast of Indianapolis.

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