Baseball player sues college, coaches

D Feb. 21, 2014, 3:32pm

A college baseball player is suing the college and its coaching staff after he was struck in the head with a baseball.

Luke Coffman filed a lawsuit Feb. 18 in the Cook County Circuit Court against Bill Storrs Jr., Bill Storrs, Tim Wilson, Illinois Community College District 515 and Praire State College, citing negligence.

The lawsuit states Coffman was a student and a ballplayer for Prairie State College, which is owned and operated by Illinois Community College District 515. Bill Storrs Jr. is the baseball team’s head coach, Bill Storrs and Wilson are the assistant coaches, according to the complaint. The coaches instructed Coffman to practice in a batting cage on Feb. 23, 2013, when there were three other players in the cage, the complaint states. The batting cage was designed for only two players at a time. Coffman was hit in the face by a batted ball, causing serious and ongoing injury, the complaint states.

Coffman is suing in excess of $50,000 in damages. He is being represented by Brian Murphy Esq. of Hofeld and Schaffner.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L001595.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed at the Cook County Courthouse. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note that a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it represents only one side of the story.

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