Columbus Blue Jackets Goalie Dies of Chest Trauma
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Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Matiss Kivlenieks, 24, died on July 4 due to chest trauma.
The police department in Novi, Michigan told the Associated Press that Kivlenieks had suffered a firework accident as he and some friends were in a hot tub. A short distance away, a mortar firework tipped over and began firing horizontally, striking the hot tub. Kivlenieks and his friends attempted to flee, but he was struck by the blast.
Shortly after 10 p.m. EMTs arrived on the scene taking Kivlenieks to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The death has been ruled to be a tragic accident.
The Columbus Blue Jackets’ official Twitter account announced the news to their fans Monday morning.
Fans across the nation mourn the death of Kivlenieks.
Many fans lament the fact that the accident was senseless, blaming the excessive use of private fireworks.
Every year, there is a spike in deaths and injuries due to fireworks in the United States on/ around the Fourth of July. According to the Annual Fireworks Report of 2020, there were 18 deaths and 15,600 reported emergency room visits due to non-occupational firework injuries, an increase from those in 2019.
Matiss Kivlenieks represented Latvia in two world championships throughout his early career before joining the Cleveland Monsters, followed by the Columbus Blue Jackets.