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Family of Valley Christian Football Player Files Suit

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Drew Swank died in 2009 four days after collapsing on the football field (Photo courtesy: Swank family) Drew Swank died in 2009 four days after collapsing on the football field (Photo courtesy: Swank family)

New details emerged this week about the death of Drew Swank, the Valley Christian School football player who died in 2009 after collapsing on the field.

The Spokesman-Review reported the details Thursday.

Swank's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the school, the administrator and the coaches, while at the same time revealing new details about how Swank died.

Read the report from The Spokesman-Review

According to the report, Swank was hit in the head during a game on Sept. 18, 2009 and visited a doctor the following Monday. The doctors ordered Swank not to practice or play, but lifted the restrictions by the next Thursday when Swank said his headaches had gone away. He had not undergone a follow-up examination.

Swank played in Valley Christian's next game, even as he displayed signs of having a head injury. He took a hit from another player, collapsed on the field and died four days later.

Swank's family claims the school failed to protect Swank under the Zackery Lystedt Law - a law meant to protect athletes from concussions. The law took effect just two months before Swank's death.