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School system, coach sued over Chapel Hill football player's death

Posted June 28, 2012 3:14 p.m. EDT
Updated June 28, 2012 3:21 p.m. EDT

— The family of a Chapel Hill High School football player who died nearly four years ago has filed a lawsuit against the local school system and a football coach.

Atlas Fraley, 17, a senior offensive guard and defensive tackle, died at his home on Aug. 12, 2008, after playing in a pre-season scrimmage.

After going home, he called 911, complaining of severe cramping and dehydration, and a paramedic went to his home to check him out but didn't take him to a hospital for treatment.

Fraley's parents found him unresponsive later that evening.

The lawsuit, filed Thursday by Linda and David Fraley against Chapel Hill-Carborro City Schools, the school board and Fraley's football coach, Isaac Marsh, claims wrongful death and negligence.

An autopsy report did not list a definite cause of death but said Fraley had a history of cramping and similar symptoms, which could have combined with dehydration to result in a "fatal cardiac event or even an acute asthmatic attack."