Car Accident Claims Life of Freshman Linebacker in Ft. Collins
This past Monday, Ruben Narcisse, a 19-year-old freshman linebacker for the University of Wyoming, died in a tragic auto accident, according to the Colorado State Patrol in a report by The Associated Press.
Usually, when you hear about a football player suffering from a severe or fatal injury, the first thing that comes to mind is a brutal tackle from a 300 Ilb. defensive lineman. Not the case here.
The AP reports:
[Teammate Trey] Fox was driving and apparently fell asleep, investigators said. They said alcohol and drugs aren’t believed to be factors.
The pickup was northbound on U.S. 287 six miles south of the Wyoming border at about 5:30 a.m. when it went off the left side of the highway, struck a rock embankment and a tree and then rolled.
The other players in the car with Narcisse survived, but were transported by authorities to hospitals in both Laramie, WY, and Loveland, CO. Trey Fox, 19, of Glenwood Springs, CO, suffered moderate injuries. Christian Morgan, 18, of Aurora, CO, is reported as having serious injuries but they are not believed to be life-threatening. J.J. Quinlan, 19, of Everett, WA, suffered injuries the extent of which are unknown. Morgan is reportedly still hospitalized while the others have been treated and released.
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer brings us this statement from the University the boys played for:
‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to Ruben’s family,’ Wyoming athletics director Tom Burman said. ‘Our thoughts are also with the students who were involved in the accident and their families as well. Sadly, this athletics department has experienced this kind of loss before, and we know how difficult it is for all involved.’
Fatal car accidents are always wrenching for those left behind. This is particularly true when the victim is young, as was the case with Narcisse.