04/11/2013 03:08 pm ET | Updated Apr 11, 2013

Taylor Dorman Dies When Ball Hits Him In Chest In PE Class On 16th Birthday

Students at a southern California high school are mourning the death of a student who died on his 16th birthday when a ball hit him in the chest during his PE class.

The tragic death happened Wednesday when Taylor Dorman was playing a game of over-the-line, a game similar to softball, when he was hit in the chest by a ball off the bat of another player, KGTV-TV reported.

"He got hit in the chest from a line drive and apparently he was running for 20 minutes and apparently he just dropped to the ground," student Alex Dempski told the station. "Coach Clark ran over and asked if he was all right. He wasn't responding."

A helicopter landed on the school’s field and transported Dorman to a nearby hospital where he died, KSWB-TV reported.

The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office later released a statement saying that Dorman had an irregular heartbeat and was taken into the intensive care unit.

When Dorman failed to respond to numerous attempts to stabilize his heart rhythm, his mother was advised of his grim prognosis due to prolonged resuscitative efforts, and she chose to discontinue lifesaving measures. He died shortly thereafter, KGTV-TV reported.

Tony Newman, the principal at Ramona High School, where Dorman attended, said the school will review whether the game is safe enough for students.

"We will definitely review the sport and how that game is, the elements of that and discuss the safety. The safety of our students is our number one priority," Newman told KNSD-TV.

Dorman's fellow classmates and teachers honored his memory Wednesday evening by releasing a bunch of balloons printed with the words "Happy Birthday" on them.

"He was always happy and always smiling. And even when it was a bad day he would always bring just so much happiness," one classmate told KFMB-TV.


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