A college football player has died while riding an electric scooter



CNN

A college community is mourning the loss of 18-year-old football player Camdan McWright.

A San Jose State University freshman died Friday morning while riding an electric scooter, the San Jose State Athletic Department and the California Highway Patrol announced.

Camdan McWright was a running back and appeared in one game for the Spartans this season.

Just before 7 a.m. Friday, authorities received reports of a school bus crash involving a person on an electric scooter two blocks from campus, according to Ross Lee of the highway patrol.

Officers responded and found McWright dead at the scene of the crash.

According to the highway patrol’s preliminary investigation, a school bus carrying 14 students entered an intersection with a green light and collided with McWright, who was walking into the path of the bus at an intersection.

The investigation into the accident continues, but alcohol or drug intoxication is not a factor in the accident.

“The university is working cooperatively with the San Jose Police Department, California Highway Patrol, SJSU University Police Department, SJSU Student Affairs and SJSU Athletics following this tragic accident,” the school said in a statement.

“The loss of our student is heartbreaking and devastating to our San Jose State community,” school president Steve Perez said in the statement. “We mourn Camdan, his family, friends, teammates and the Spartan family. We grieve together and will provide all the support Camdan’s family, our students and our football program need to help them through this tragic time,” he said.

Scott MacDonald, the university’s associate director of athletics, told CNN in an email: “The team is together and the university is working with athletics to make sure we have all the support services that surround the team. We will continue to support the team during these difficult times.”

The school said it will also make counselors available to students through the university’s counseling center.

The Spartans, who lead the Mountain West Conference division, were scheduled to play Saturday at New Mexico State University. The schools have decided to postpone the game.

The athletic department plans to hold a moment of silence for McWright at some competitions on Friday, and there will be “additional plans to help recognize him in the best way possible,” MacDonald said.

“We are all devastated by the tragic loss of Camdan McWright,” athletic director Jeff Konya said. “The San Jose State community is very close, and the campus is devastated. We lost a very bright and talented young man too soon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the McWright family.”

Spartans football coach Brent Brennan said, “We tragically lost an amazing young man this morning. Camdan had a bright future ahead of him and everyone in this community who had the opportunity to spend time with him knew that. We are still trying to deal with the news of this tragedy and appreciate everyone’s support during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with the McWright family and I want you all to know that we are here for you. Camdan will always be in our hearts and will be greatly missed.”

According to the university’s athletics website, before joining the Spartans, McWright played at St. Genevieve High in Panorama City, Calif., where he was team captain his junior and senior seasons and was a two-time league MVP.

He just saw his first action with the Spartans last week against the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, picking up six yards on three carries, according to CNN affiliate KPIX.