Jeremiah Collins, a football player for Austin Peay, was killed in a car crash in Tennessee on Friday, authorities said.
Collins, an 18-year-old defensive back, was driving too fast coming off a highway and his truck rolled several times before coming to a stop in a grassy area, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a news release.
Police said there were no signs of deterioration at the crash site and that Collins was treated there. He was then transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.
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«We are all devastated and heartbroken by the loss of Jeremiah Collins,» Austin Peay coach Scotty Walden said in a statement released by the school.
«Jeremiah was an outstanding young man who brought incredible attitude and energy every day. We grieve with the Collins family on their tragic loss and lift them up in prayer.»
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The incoming defensive back was a three-star recruit in Austin Peay’s 2023 class. He was born in Louisville, where he played high school soccer.
He transferred to Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee for his senior year.
He graduated in the spring.
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«All of our thoughts and prayers are with the Collins family today,» Austin Peay sporting director Gerald Harrison said in a statement.
«We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jeremiah, and we will do everything we can to support his friends, family and teammates at this time.»
Associated Press contributed to this report.