Donnovan Hill


Age: 18

youth football player whose paralyzing football injury led to increased safety protections for young players after he sued a youth league who was 13-years-old when he fractured his spine during a 2011 Pop Warner championship game in Laguna Hills, California (it left him with minimal use of his arms and no independent movement below his chest), who along with his mother Crystal Dixon claimed in a 2014 lawsuit against the youth league that the teen used a dangerous head-first tackling technique prompted by his coaches (the suit alleged that he was punished when he objected to the technique in practice), and who reached a seven-figure settlement with Pop Warner in January 2015 even though exact details were not disclosed.

Cause of Death: Complications from surgery

Born: 1998

Died: May 11, 2016

Mission Viejo, California