Cerritos College student dies after collapsing

NORWALK - A Cerritos College student died Tuesday after collapsing on a campus field.Matthew Tautolo, 20, was participating in a physical education class on a campus field at around 2:30 p.m. when he asked a faculty member if he could be excused to retrieve sneakers from his car, school officials said in a statement. Tautolo, a resident of Long Beach, collapsed on the field. The Student Health Services department responded immediately, along with campus police. L.A. County paramedics arrived minutes later. Attempts to revive Tautolo continued while he was transported to Coast Plaza Hospital in Norwalk. Doctors were unable to revive him and Tautolo was pronounced dead at 3:14 p.m. School officials did not announce a cause of death. Dr. Linda Lacy, president of Cerritos College, said grief counseling would be available to students and faculty. "We all feel the loss when a member of our college family passes," she said.

********** Published: January 12, 2012 - Volume 10 - Issue 39