Dollarway student dies during pickup game

A Dollarway student died Wednesday after passing out during a pickup basketball game in the high school’s gymnasium.

Junior Tabarres Miller, 17, passed out while playing in a pickup game before the boys high school team’s practice, Dollarway principal Arnold Robertson said.

Robertson said the incident is still under investigation.

“There is not a whole lot of information at this time,” he said.

Jefferson County Coroner Chad Kelley said Miller was pronounced dead at 5:28 p.m. in the emergency room of Jefferson Regional Medical Center.

Kelley said the body will be sent today to the Arkansas state medical examiner’s office in Little Rock where an autopsy will be performed to “determine cause and manner of death.”

Robertson said there is a defibrillator in the gymnasium, but he did not know if it was used.

Dollarway basketball coach Ellis Berry said Miller was not a member of the school’s basketball team.

Berry said his assistant coach Booker Mays made the 911 call.

Berry said no attempts were made to resuscitate Miller until emergency personnel arrived.

“It didn’t take them no time to get there,” Berry said.

Berry said once the emergency personnel arrived, they performed CPR and used a defibrillator.

Dollarway head football coach Cortez Lee said Miller did not play for the Cardinals this past season.

Lee said Miller was planning to be a member of the 2014 team and had participated in the program’s offseason workouts.

Robertson said free counseling services will be provided for students.

“We will be meeting with our student body in an assembly at 8 a.m.,” he said. “We’ll share with them what we know about what happened with Tabarres.”

— Ray King contributed to this report