Teen football player whose injury raised safety efforts dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) Donnovan Hill, the California teenager whose paralyzing football injury led to increased safety protections for young players, has died. He was 18.

His lawyer, Robert Carey, says Hill died Wednesday of complications from surgery related to management of his injury.

Hill was 13 when he fractured his spine during a 2011 Pop Warner championship game in Laguna Hills, south of Los Angeles.

He claimed in a 2014 lawsuit against the youth league that he used a dangerous headfirst tackling technique promoted by his coaches.

Hill reached a settlement with Pop Warner in January. Carey says the case set an important legal precedent that will force national organizations to enforce rules all the way down to the community level.

Hill is survived by his mother, Crystal Dixon.