In Light of Deaths, Coroners Wants Athletes Tested

Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel is waging a one-man, all-out campaign to require heart testing for students before they can participate in high school athletics.

“This is just something we have to do,” Daniel said Wednesday. “We’ve had three young people die in the last few years.”

Daniel’s campaign was sparked by the Feb. 10 sudden death of a 14-year-old Chapel Hill High athlete, William Darrin Davis. The student had just finished track practice when he collapsed. Lifesaving measures were unsuccessful, and Davis was pronounced dead at the hospital emergency room.
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