Austin Peay freshman football player Jeremiah Collins dies aged 18 after overturning his pickup truck near campus
- Jeremiah Collins, 18, was speeding while exiting a freeway on Friday
- Tennessee Police said there was no evidence of impairment at the scene
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A football freshman at Austin Peay State University died Friday night in a car crash near the school’s campus in Clarksville, Tennessee, officials said.
Jeremiah Collins, 18, was speeding off Briley Parkway West in Clarksville and his pickup truck overturned several times before coming to a stop in a patch of grass, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a news release.
According to police, there were no signs of impairment at the scene. Collins was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.
University officials announced his death in a press release Saturday morning, saying the school community was mourning.
“We are all devastated and heartbroken at the loss of Jeremiah Collins,” head coach Scotty Walden said in the press release.
Jeremiah Collins, 18, was speeding while exiting the freeway on Friday night
“Jeremiah was an outstanding young man who brought incredible attitude and energy every day. We join the Collins family in mourning their tragic loss and lift them up in prayer.”
Collins graduated from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, last spring, helping the Patriots win the Class 6A state championship for the third straight year.
According to a report, he had previously settled on Louisville before dropping out and agreeing to join Austin Peay USA Today report.
Collins was expected to play defensive end for the Governors this season.