Detroit Tigers prospect dies after electric skateboard accident

Detroit Tigers prospect Chace Numata. By AJ Willingham, CNN
(CNN) — Detroit Tigers prospect Chace Numata died Monday, three days after falling from an electric skateboard.

Numata, 27, was a catcher for the Erie Seawolves, the Double-A affiliate of the Tigers based in Erie, Pennsylvania. He had split time this season between Erie and the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens.

According to surveillance video of the incident, Numata was riding an electric skateboard alone early Friday when it stopped suddenly and Numata fell forward, hitting his head on the ground, Erie police Sgt. David Stucke told the Detroit Free Press. A motorist saw Numata unconscious in the road and called 911.

Numata’s death Monday in a hospital was confirmed in a series of statements released by the Tigers, the SeaWolves and Numata’s family.

“He had an engaging personality that quickly established him as a leader on and off the field, and his presence will be forever remembered in our organization and beyond,” the Tigers’ statement read.

The catcher went by the nickname “Numi,” and former teammates have been using the hashtag #ForNumi to remember their friend.

“Words cannot describe how blessed I am to encounter a spirit like yours,” wrote Isiah Gilliam, who currently plays in the New York Yankees organization.

Numata was drafted by the Phillies in 2010 out of Pearl City High School in Hawaii.

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