Terrence Clarke, a 19-year-old basketball player from the University of Kentucky, had recently been declared for the NBA draft. Unfortunately, all of that changed Thursday night as he was involved in a car accident which resulted in his death.
The crash occurred around 2 pm GMT, after Clarke was speeding and ran a red light. He ultimately ended up colliding with another vehicle that attempted to make a left turn. According to a spokesperson from LAPD’s Valley Traffic division, Clarke’s car then hit a light pole and a brick wall. After further investigation, it was revealed that Clarke was not wearing a seatbelt.
Clarke was immediately taken to the Northridge Hospital but unfortunately died from his injuries.
“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said in a statement from the school.
“A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy.
“People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.”
Clarke who grew up in Dorchester, a Boston neighbourhood, was the most promising prospect to come out of the city in years. He was declared a five-star player before committing to Kentucky.