Tragic news from what should have been a fun competition.
The LA Daily News reported this afternoon that a mountain biker competing in the 2017 World Police & Fire Games suffered a heart attack around 9:30 this morning.
He was transported to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital from the course near Castaic Lake, where he arrived in full cardiac arrest.
Sadly, he didn’t make it.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced on Facebook this evening that Reserve Deputy Jacob Castroll passed away at 11:14.
According to their report, he was found unresponsive on the trail by another competitor at approximately 9:40 am.
Castroll’s death is being investigated by the department’s Homicide Bureau since the circumstances of his death are unknown.
It’s possible that he may have fallen after suffering a heart attack or some other physical problem, or that he may have gone into cardiac arrest after falling.
He had served as a reserve deputy with the Malibu/Los Hills sheriff’s station for the past seven years. He is survived by his wife and three children.
This is the 33rd bicycling fatality in Southern California this year, and the 14th in Los Angeles County.
Update: Contrary to earlier reports, The Acorn reports Castroll died due to blunt-force trauma to the head and neck, suggesting a fall rather than a heart attack.
My deepest sympathy and prayers for Jacob Castroll, and all his family and friends.