Ole Miss sophomore offensive lineman Park Stevens was killed in a car accident Wednesday afternoon, according to a report by Michael Bonner at USA Today. Head coach Hugh Freeze issued the following statement:
"Our team is hurting tonight with the loss of Park," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement 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."
Freeze also took to Twitter to lament the loss of Stevens:
Our Rebel family and team are so saddened at the loss of one of our teammates, Park Stevens. May God be with his family and our team— Hugh Freeze (@CoachHughFreeze) July 4, 2013
Stevens walked on to the Ole Miss squad this spring after a year at East Central Community College, and participated in spring drills with the Rebels. He was a native of Columbus, Miss., and a graduate of New Hope High School.
A spokesman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the driver of a pickup truck was killed in an accident in Chickasaw County Wednesday after colliding with the rear wheels of a semi truck crossing a four-lane highway.