Pennsylvania baseball player fatally struck in face while demolishing unsanctioned drilling

A Pennsylvania college baseball player died suddenly when a garbage can hit him in the face, a Pennsylvania coroner said.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A college baseball player was hit in the face this week when a landfill he was helping to demolish collapsed.

Angel Mercado, 19, was a center fielder who just finished his freshman season at Division Central Penn College. He played in a summer recreation league that held games and practices at Harrisburg Park.

Mercado’s team coach had built a wooden dumpster on Sunday, but city officials told him it wasn’t allowed. Mercado was one of the players who broke the structure on Monday afternoon when he accidentally fell and hit his face.

Mercado suffered traumatic head injuries and was taken to hospital where he died on Tuesday. The Cumberland County Coroner’s Office ruled the death an accident.

“There was no crime committed here,” city spokesman Matt Maisel said. “The coach will not be charged. No charges will be filed against anyone. This is simply a tragedy.”

At the school’s commencement ceremony Thursday night, some students honored Mercado by wearing their graduation gowns with their initials and baseball jersey numbers.

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