A 12-year-old boy from a far western suburb of Chicago had died after he was hit in the neck with a baseball this week. The boy was reportedly practicing with his baseball travel team when he was fatally injured. The town of Oswego, Illinois is now grieving the loss of a boy that one neighbor, Peggy D’Orio, described as a “ray of sunshine”. D’Orio told the Chicago Tribune that Lederman loved sports and was always seen around the neighborhood playing baseball or basketball. She said his mother wall always taking him to games and practices.
The victim, Eric Lederman, was a sixth grader at Thompson Junior High School and had been playing baseball for 5 years. The president of the baseball association that Lederman played with, John Thorson, said, “I’ve played baseball many years and in college and I’ve never seen anything like this. It’s a tragic freak accident.”
Witnesses say that Lederman had been playing catch with another player during practice warm ups and collapsed upon being struck.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there are an estimated 162,000 baseball injuries a year among children ages 5 – 14. The AAP also states that 3 – 4 children die every year from baseball related accidents.