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Teen football player dies after metal flies at him on freeway

Posted at 6:08 PM, Nov 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-25 21:08:54-05
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- A 17-year-old football player died Thanksgiving Day after he was struck by metal debris on a freeway over the weekend.
 
Ethan Hawks, a junior at Whittier Christian High School in La Habra, Calif., was riding as a passenger with his mother Saturday on an Anaheim freeway when another vehicle hit a piece of metal, launching it straight at them.
 
The metal struck Hawks in the face and seriously injured him. His mother drove straight to a hospital, all while reaching over to try to stop the bleeding, according to a report from ABC7 in Los Angeles.
 
Hawks was hospitalized in a trauma unit and died just after 5 a.m. Thursday. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help cover the family's expenses.