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Autopsy planned in death of UCSD pole vaulter

A autopsy was pending Sunday for a 19-year-old UC San Diego pole vaulter who died after missing his landing pad and hitting his head on concrete during a training jump.

Leon Roach, a graduate of Marina High School in Huntington Beach, was

pronounced brain dead at 5 p.m. Saturday at Scripps Memorial Hospital,

according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office.

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Roach was practicing at UCSD Thursday when he hit his head and

immediately became unresponsive, according to the coroner’s report. He was removed from life support on Saturday.

A memorial service will be held later this week in Huntington Beach.