Central Michigan soccer player dies after car accident – Los Angeles Times

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Josie Seebeck

Josie Seebeck died Monday from injuries sustained in a car accident on Friday. (Associated Press)

Central Michigan women’s soccer player Josie Seebeck, seriously injured in an automobile accident on Friday, died Monday, the university announced.

Seebeck, 19, and two other Central Michigan soccer players were hurt when their vehicle crashed and rolled over Friday. The Central Michigan athletic department said one player is hospitalized and another was released after spending the night at the hospital. The school has not released the names of the other players.

”This is a tragic loss for our family and for the Central Michigan family,” Seebeck’s family said in a statement. ”She was a beautiful girl who we loved very much and still love very much.

”This has left a big hole in our family and we are touched by all the people who have reached out to us over the past few days. She was a wonderful, selfless person and we will miss her very much. We want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers.”

Athletic Director Dave Heeke said in a statement it’s “a tough, tragic time for our soccer student-athletes and the entire CMU Chippewa family.”

Seebeck, a midfielder, scored her only goal last season in a win against Northern Illinois in the quarterfinals of the Mid-American Conference tournament while recovering from broken ribs.

“There’s really no words we can say that express what this has been like for us,” said senior midfielder Tory Kinniard. “I don’t really know what to say to tell you how everybody feels.”


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