Weather Alert(1)!
"Coastal Flood Advisory" ...Coastal Flood Advisory remains in effect from 9 PM this evening to midnight EDT tonight... * locations...coastal Connecticut west of Madison...coastal Westchester County...and coastal northwest Suffolk and northern Nassau...from Shoreham west to the Queens border. * Tidal departures...around 1 foot above astronomical tide heights. * Timing...widespread minor coastal flooding should occur around the times of high tide between 9 PM and midnight on tonight. Additional minor coastal flooding is possible around the times of high tide Friday night. * Impacts...minor flooding of some shore roads and/or properties due to height of storm tide. Most roads should remain passable... with only isolated closures. There is no significant threat to life...and any impact on property is minimal. Precautionary/preparedness actions... A coastal Flood Advisory indicates that onshore winds and tides will combine to generate flooding of low areas along the shore. ...L.I. Sound water levels for tonight... Coastal............time of......forecast total.......flood..... Location...........high Tide.....Water level.........Category.. .................................(mllw/ngvd)................... Kings Point NY.....1057 PM........10.0-10.6..........minor..... Stamford CT........1104 PM.........9.8-10.4..........minor..... Bridgeport CT......1101 PM.........9.3-9.9...........minor..... New Haven CT.......1100 PM.........8.5-9.1...........minor..... Glen Cove NY.......1035 PM........10.1-10.7..........minor..... Old Field NY.......1102 PM.........9.1-9.7...........minor..... -- Thursday May.05 16,09:36 PM Weather  |  LIRR  |  Traffic  |  Traffic Cams |  Weather News

 

LI Teen Who Died on School Band Trip to Disneyland had Strep

School & Education, Local News, Community, Charity & Cause

A Los Angeles coroner has ruled the cause of Joseph Tutaj's death to be an "invasive" strep infection.

The Seaford student who passed away on a high school marching band trip to Disneyland died from an “invasive” case of strep throat, according to a recent Los Angeles County coroner’s report.

Joseph Tutaj, a 15-year-old trumpet player in the band, was feeling ill, and on the fourth day of the trip, he developed a fever and passed out while on an outing with the marching band visiting Santa Monica Pier.  Tutaj was in no state to fly home, so he was brought to the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center, where he passed away within 24 hours of being admitted.

According to the coroner’s report, the official cause of the teen’s death was “invasive streptococcal infection,” meaning that the strep virus got into his blood and other organs where bacteria are not normally found.  Strep typically causes a fever, and bacteria typically infect the tonsils and throat, causing the throat to become inflamed and irritated. It is considered very unusual for the bacteria to invade other parts of the body.

“In my opinion, if the fever had been recognized early on as a possible bacterial infection and he was placed on antibiotics, he would not have died,” said Pittsburgh pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht to the New York Daily News. “It would be rare for a healthy 15-year-old not to respond to antibiotics with a strep infection.”

The chambers of his heart were also found to be enlarged, but medical experts do not believe this played into Tutaj’s death.

The sophomore’s death came as a shock to his family, who had already been working through more than their own share of loss.  Joseph’s father is battling late stage cancer, and the family was also forced to relocate to a rental home after their house sustained damage from Hurricane Sandy.

A Benefit for the Family of Joseph Tutaj will be held at Mulcahy’s Pub and Concert Hall in Wantagh on April 24.  There will be live music, a buffet and open bar, raffles, 50/50, and a live auction to support the family in their time of need.

3 comments

George White Apr 13th, 2013 12:08 PM

So sad. If only he had quicker medical attention, he would still be with his parents. Teenagers are hard to read sometimes and boys, especially, do not want to go to the doctor or admit that they are sick. I feel so bad for his parents and his mom. 

Keith Charles Edwards Apr 14th, 2013 12:03 AM

I am sorry for this loss. I agree with Mr. White, but these children are sicker and sicker today. Also, I do not like these school taking kids away on these long trips.

Ben Apr 18th, 2013 01:20 PM

I don't know about your kids, but my sons never let me know they don't feel well. They just keep going at high speed. An observant chaperone should have noticed pink cheeks and other symptoms that he was probably showing outwardly. This is very sad that his parents send him on a band trip and now do not have their child anymore.

Add your comment...


 

Join Our Weekly Newsletter

Sign up for a free weekly newsletter covering things to do, hottest local headlines, and everything Long Island! Read more here or enter your email to signup.

   
     Newsletter Archive
Advertisement
Advertise With Us
 
Open Feedback Dialog