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THE University of Technology (UTech) student who suffered a crushing blow when a goalpost fell on him at the school compound on Saturday, is in critical condition in hospital, according to acting director of sports at UTech Laurence Garriques.
Garriques confirmed that the student Ricardo Lewis is "in a critical but stable condition", but told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that he is "unable to speak on the matter" before today's scheduled meeting between UTech representatives and the victim's relatives on the school's premises.
Garriques was not able to confirm the student's age.
Two days ago, the Sunday Observer reported that Lewis was taken to the University Hospital of the West Indies, suffering from an injury sustained when a falling goalpost struck him in the upper body and pinned him to the ground.
In that report, Garriques said based on information he received, some individuals were playing a game of football scrimmage and during a break "the person was swinging on it (goalpost)" when he and the post fell to the ground.
He added that the football season is over, so the players may have pulled movable posts onto the playing field.
"Our football season is really out, so we have put the goals (posts) aside basically because it is mainly cricket and rugby going on," Garriques said.
There is a tragic history of falling goalposts in Jamaica.
In 2011, three juveniles received fatal blows inflicted by falling posts, including an October incident involving six-year-old Jevaughn Bailey, who was a student of a primary school in St Ann.
In January and in March of that year, a seven-year-old and a nine-year-old were killed under similar circumstances.
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