by: Paul Drewes
(BIG ISLAND) KHNL - Nearly three years after a Big Island boy died after a high school basketball practice, the civil trail over Austin Meyers' death is wrapping up.
Closing arguments were heard, giving jurors another chance to decide who is to blame for the boy's death.
Getting to the heart of the Austin Meyers case, takes you literally to the heart of this 16 year old. An athlete who played football and who just finished a physical basketball practice, suddenly collapsed and died from what the medical examiner says is a rare heart condition.
"The initial autopsy shows that as the cause of death but because that condition is so rare and so unlike the other known cases that have occurred, it seems very unlikely that was the reason for his death" says the Meyers' family attorney, Jerry Hiatt.
Instead, the attorney for the family feels problems with the county's response, including delayed dispatch of help, malfunctioning emergency equipment, along with a lack of coaches or personnel trained in CPR contributed to the death.
A charge the Hawaii County attorney denies.
"We're sorry for the loss and pain but we didn't cause it. The first responders rendered very good care. Its just there was a medical condition, there was something that couldn't be fixed" says John Price, the Hawaii County Attorney.
The heartbreak for the Meyers family also can't be fixed.
"I think about my brother every day, we all do. A big piece of our family is now gone, we were 5 now we are 4" says older brother Nolan.
Over the 5 weeks of this civil trial, jurors have heard from medical experts, on CPR and the rare heart condition that supposedly affected the small artery of Austin's heart.
But his family also wants the world to know what was in that heart. A giving person with the bright future, who looked out for his family and always gave them something to cheer about.
"We lost a good person, someone who put others first. That's what we lost, a good person." adds Nolan.