SoCal mom blames son’s death on helmet

The Press Enterprise is reporting that a Riverside, California woman has filed a lawsuit blaming helmet manufacturer Riddell and a helmet reconditioning company in connection with the 2013 death of her son.

Tina York is suing Riddell and Gunther Athletic Service, which reconditioned her son Tyler Lewellen’s helmet, saying they “had reason to know that the helmet was defective, but failed to warn anybody.”

According to the story, on August 22, 2013, Lewellen, a junior at Arlington High School, walked to the sideline where he collapsed and went into convulsions and eventually fell into a coma.  Lewellen died on August 28th.

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