HS Coach Charged in Player's Heat Death

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 22, 2009 5:57 PM CST
HS Coach Charged in Player's Heat Death
Louisville Pleasure Ridge Park football coach David Jason Stinson is seen on the sidelines during the team's first game back after Max Gilpin's death on Sept. 26, 2008.   (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal)

A high school football coach in Kentucky has been charged with reckless homicide after one of his players collapsed during practice on a sweltering day and later died, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports. The coach faces five years in prison if convicted. He and his assistants reportedly denied players water and ran them hard on a 94-degree August day. The student who died had a temperature of 107 degrees at the hospital.

"A reasonable man should have realized something like this could have occurred," said the commonwealth attorney for Jefferson County. (More Kentucky stories.)

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