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article imageOntario student dead after freak track accident

By KJ Mullins     Apr 6, 2012 in World
On Tuesday Josiah Grant, 17, missed the safety pad when he landed during a high jump at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute. He died at Kingston General Hospital on Wednesday after lapsing into a coma.
According to the Ottawa Sun Grant landed mistakenly on his head and neck after an awkward take off during a high jump.
Two teachers were supervising when Josiah Grant missed the safety pad during the outside practice. At first it appeared that other than some minor injuries, the Grade 12 student was fine. Grant was up and walking after the fall. In a Facebook comment by a fellow student Grant was joking after he stood up.
Grant was conscious when the school staff called his father. His father took Josiah to Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital where he was transported to Kingston General Hospital. The young man fell into a coma at the second hospital.
The accident is being investigated by the Ontario coroner, a process that takes on average six to nine months. An investigation always takes place when there is a sudden, unexpected and accidental incident, resulting in death.
The school board has deemed Grant's death as an accident and the Ministry of Labour is not investigating.
Critical response teams were at Smiths Falls District Collegiate Institute Thursday to help students deal with the tragedy. The students learned of Grant's death via a school intercom message that asked for a moment of silence be held in Grant's honour.
Students took to Facebook to pray for the fallen youth and then when he died to remember the popular student. As of Friday there were 630 members who wrote loving comments about their friend called Jo, a young man who always had a smile on his face.
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