WASHINGTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — An autopsy has revealed that a lacerated spleen was to blame for the death of a high school football player in New Jersey, officials said Monday.
Warren Hills Regional High School star quarterback Evan Murray died Friday after suffering an on-field injury.
The Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office released the following statement on Monday afternoon:
“On September 26, 2015, Doctor Ronald Suarez, the Morris County Medical Examiner, conducted an autopsy on Evan Murray. The autopsy determined that the cause of death was massive intra-abdominal hemorrhage (massive internal bleeding) due to a laceration of the spleen. During the examination, Dr. Suarez determined that the spleen was abnormally enlarged thus making it more susceptible to injury. There was no evidence of head trauma or heart disease. The manner of death was accidental.”
Murray walked off the field with the help of some teammates Friday night after taking a hit in the backfield during the team’s third game of the season against Summit High School at the Blue Streaks’ stadium in Washington Township, Warren County.
“The last play before the half, he got hit and we helped him to the sideline,” senior tackle Oscar Vega said.
According to a witness, Murray took a hit and walked to the sideline under his own power. He later collapsed and was taken away in an ambulance.