UPDATE: Child who died after running at the Penn Wood High School track identified

By TIM LOGUE, tlogue@delcotimes.com

LANSDOWNE — A 9-year-old boy died Friday afternoon after collapsing near the track at Penn Wood High School has been identified.

Richard Louis, of Beverly Boulevard in Upper Darby was pronounced dead at 2:55 p.m. Friday at Delaware County Memorial Hospital shortly after going into cardiac arrest while running and walking several laps with his big brother.

A ruling on the cause and manner of death will not be made by the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office until lab work comes back in a few weeks.

Police responded to a call at 2:22 p.m. of a subject experiencing seizures.

“Upon arrival of police and ambulance, it was discovered that the victim, a 9-year-old male from the Drexel Hill section of Upper Darby Township was suffering from a cardiac arrest,” Lansdowne Police Chief Dan Kortan said in a Friday press release.

The victim’s 16-year-old brother told police the boys went to the track to exercise and gave the following account to police.

“The plan was for them to run the straights and walk the curves,” Kortan said. “The victim began to complain of shortness of breath. The victim and his brother sat down and drank some water. The victim then began to complain about his eyes and immediately collapsed.

“The brother called 911 and the police and ambulance arrived almost simultaneously and initiated CPR.”

Police and paramedics responded to the scene and Louis was taken by ambulance to Delaware County Memorial Hospital, where he died a short time later.

“They tried to resuscitate him and it was unsuccessful,” said Crozer-Keystone Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations Kathy Scullin.

Police said Louis’ older brother also performed CPR before emergency responders arrived at the field.

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