Man Dies After Being Hit With Slow Pitch Softball

Tuesday, Apr 21, 2009  |  Updated 5:30 AM CDT
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Man Dies After Being Hit With Slow Pitch Softball

Alberto Naranjo was sliding into home plate during a game Saturday morning when a throw struck him below his left ear.

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MISHAWAKA, Ind. - A member of a men's slow-pitch softball team has died after being taken off life support, two days after he was hit in the neck by a ball.

Teammates say 24-year-old Alberto Naranjo, of Elkhart, Ind., was sliding into home plate during a game Saturday morning when a throw struck him below his left ear. He started to get up, but collapsed.

Paramedics took Naranjo to Memorial Hospital in South Bend after attempts to revive him failed.

St. Joseph County Coroner Michael O'Connell said a neurosurgeon pronounced Naranjo brain dead early Sunday. O'Connell said Naranjo remained on life support until Monday so his organs could be used for transplants.

Hospital spokeswoman Ruth Linster said Monday afternoon that Naranjo had died.

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