The University of Missouri released its timeline of events leading up to football player Aaron O’Neal’s death on July 12th.
According to the university, O’Neal collapsed at a voluntary workout at Faurot Field at 2:39, but joined the other 11 players in a group as the session ended. Four minutes later, at 2:43, he had to be helped off Faurot Field by a teammate.
For the next 12 minutes, from 2:45 to 2:57, according to the University’s timeline, O’Neal was in the locker room with a teammate and member of the athletic staff.
At 2:57 he was assisted to a pick up truck and then transported across the street to the Tom Taylor Building. The truck arrived at 3:03. Five minutes later, at 3:08, Greg Nagel a Mizzou athletic trainer made a call to 911. That call lasted four minutes.
At one point during the call, paramedics were dispatched to the Tom Taylor Building, which is about a half mile away from University Hospital, and arrived at 3:14. At 3:30 the ambulance, carrying O’Neal arrived at the hospital.
At 4:05, O’Neal was pronounced dead.
According to a University of Missouri Police Department report by officer Clayton Henke, O’Neal was unconscious by the time the truck arrived at the Tom Taylor Building. When emergency services arrived, he was in full cardiac arrest.
The timeline doesn’t explain why O’Neal wasn’t taken directly to the hospital.
When contacted by the Missourinet Friday afternoon, MU Director of Athletic Media Relations, Chad Moller, said the internal investigation was on-going and the timeline is the only information the University feels comfortable sharing at the moment.
A full autopsy is being performed by Valerie Rao, the Boone County Medical Examiner. The results aren’t expected for several weeks.
Related web sites:
MU Timeline for July 12