HOUSTON - Park Stevens had joined the Ole Miss Rebel Football team this spring after transferring from East Central Community College. But as one of his teammates tweeted Wednesday evening, he won't be able to live out his dream of running out of the tunnel at Vaught Hemingway Stadium.
Stevens' life was cut short Wednesday afternoon when the Rebels sophomore offensive lineman crashed his pickup truck into the rear wheels of a semi-trailer in Eastern Chickasaw County according to the Mississippi Highway Patrol. The accident occured at the intersection of Egypt Road and Alternate U.S. Highway 45 at aproximately 3:00pm. The 20-year old Stevens, a Columbus native and New Hope High School grad was the lone occupant in his vehicle. The driver of the semi was not injured.
"Our team is hurting tonight with the loss of Park," said Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze in a statement via social media Wednesday night. "He was a tremendous young man that was loved by his teammates and coaches, and Rebel Nation will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens' family, his friends, our team and all those he touched during his life."
The official information release from the Mississippi Highway Patrol:
A fatal crash occurred in Chickasaw County on Wednesday, July 03, 2013 around 3:00PM.
The crash happened on US 45ALT near the intersection of Egypt Rd. A 1996 green Peterbuilt tractor trailer driven by 56 year old Charlie Rowell of Okolona pulled onto the Hwy and was traveling south when he was hit in the rear by a 2008 Maroon Chevrolet Silverado.
The pickup was driven by 20 year old Park Stevens from Columbus. Mr. Stevens was not restrained and pronounced dead at the scene by the Chickasaw County Coroner. Mr. Rowell was restrained and suffered no injuries.
The accident is still under investigation.
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