A Missouri football player who died after collapsing at the end of a voluntary preseason workout wasn't immediately taken to the hospital across the street but instead driven to the team offices, a university police report shows.
Aaron O'Neal, 19, was "in full cardiac arrest" by the time campus police officer Clayton Henke and University Hospital paramedics arrived at the Tom Taylor Building on July 12, Henke wrote in a police report obtained by the Associated Press under Missouri's public records law.
"He was brought to our door in the back of a pickup from afternoon workouts," athletic trainer Greg Nagel told emergency dispatchers in a 911 call from the Taylor Building, according to a copy of the call obtained by the AP. "We need someone here in a hurry."
Henke was sent to the scene at 3:24 p.m., 15 minutes after Nagel's call to 911.
O'Neal was pronounced dead at the hospital at 4:05 p.m. O'Neal, 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, started to struggle about 45 minutes into the conditioning drills.
He was taken to the Taylor Building rather than the hospital "so that O'Neal could be seen by staff members," Henke wrote.
While the final report remains incomplete, the county's deputy medical examiner said the circumstances surrounding O'Neal's death require systematic changes to the way workouts are conducted and monitored.
"You don't have to be a rocket scientist to say . . . the rational thing would have been to stop and examine him," Eddie Adelstein said.
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