Austin Peay freshman Jeremiah Collins dies in a single car crash

July 22, 2023, 1:43 PM ET

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – A freshman football player at Austin Peay died Friday night in a single-car crash near the school’s Clarksville campus, officials said.

Jeremiah Collins, an 18-year-old defensive back, was driving too fast off the highway and his pickup truck rolled over several times before stopping in a grassy area, the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department said in a news release.

Police said there were no signs of damage at the scene. Collins was taken to hospital and later pronounced dead.

University officials announced his death in a news release Saturday morning, saying the school community was in mourning.

Austin Peay is mourning the loss of Jeremiah Collins, freshman soccer player, who passed away last night.

— Governor Austin Peay (@letsgopeay) July 22, 2023

“We are all devastated and heartbroken to lose Jeremiah Collins,” said coach Scotty Walden. “Jeremiah was an extraordinary young man who brought an extraordinary attitude and energy every day. We grieve with the Collins family for their tragic loss and lift them up in prayers.”

Collins graduated from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, in the spring.

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