A freak accident claimed the life of a Tennessee woman who was hit by a foul ball during a softball game and died several days later.
Jami Huling, a 39-year-old mother of two, was umpiring a charity softball game when a foul ball struck her in the front of her mask, according to WCMH-TV. Huling reportedly felt fine the next day, but the following day the school teacher was screaming in pain.
“She started having trouble walking, talking and she was holding her head in pain, talking and screaming that she was in pain,” Said her mother Vicki Rock Payne. “That’s not like her.”
Payne said her daughter died two days later and the family is in complete shock.
“It hasn’t really sunk in that I’ll never talk to her again or have her fuss at me or tease me,” she said. “I think we’re all still in shock. Jami was one of the most alive people.”
Huling volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club as a basketball referee. Justin Sharpe, the Club’s director, said she strove to have a positive influence on children’s lives.
“It was more than really just being a paid ref,” he said. “She was really in it for the right reasons, to teach these kids something out here and make a positive impact in their life.”