ELWOOD, N.Y. (CBSLA.com/AP) — A high school football player has died after he collided with an opponent and collapsed during a game on Long Island.
Authorities say Tom Cutinella, a player for Shoreham-Wading River High School, died at a hospital Wednesday night after suffering a head injury during a game with John Glenn High School in Elwood.
A spokeswoman for the school districts tells Newsday (http://nwsdy.li/1rKBqSH ) that Cutinella had been in the intensive-care unit after undergoing surgery.
Suffolk County police say the collision happened about 6 p.m. Cutinella, a guard/linebacker, was injured during the third quarter of the varsity game.
Dozens of teammates, relatives and friends waited at the hospital for news of his condition. As news of his death spread, two people fell to the floor weeping.
In California, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to limit the number of full-contact practices for middle school and high school football teams to two per week during their regular seasons.
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