Breaking News: Freshman soccer player dies in car crash

Posted by on Mar 1, 2013. Filed under News & Features.

Freshman Rachel Price, 18, was killed in a car accident late Thursday in Osceola County. Jamaree Cook, 19, a passenger in Price’s car, was also killed.

Freshman Rachel Price. (courtesy of eckerdtritons.com)

Freshman Rachel Price. (courtesy of eckerdtritons.com

Price was driving a 2003 Hyundai when a 2002 Ford pickup truck driven by Randall Kerley struck her car. Kerley has been booked at the Osceola County Jail on two counts of DUI manslaughter.

Athletic Director Bob Fortosis said Price was a “phenomenal player,” according to an email today from Dean of Students James Annarelli. Price was a three-time Player of the Year in high school and an All-American by her junior year.

She was featured on ESPNRise’s winter all-star list in 2011. She was also a member of the United States Under-18 National Team and recently named to the 2012 Sunshine State Conference Commissioner’s Fall Honor Roll.

“Anyone will tell you she really loved the game,” Senior Caroline Bond, one of Price’s teammates, said in a text message. “And she had so much talent as a soccer player. When was was healthy and starting in games for EC, she changed the tone on the field and played lights out. She wanted to play for the national team, and we wanted to see her get there.”

“All I’m thinking about are her friends and family,” Bond said.

Counselors and chaplains are available today in the Student Affairs Office in Brown Hall for support and grief counseling. Campus memorial arrangements have not been confirmed. The Current will release more information as it becomes available.

Greg Reilly contributed to reporting. 

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