Central Michigan U. soccer player dies in crash

One of three Central Michigan University soccer players who were
hurt in a weekend rollover crash has died, the school said
Monday.

Josie Seebeck, a 19-year-old sophomore from Montgomery, Ala.,
died Sunday night, the university’s athletic department said in a
statement.

Seebeck, a midfielder on the school’s women’s team, and two
other students who play for the Mount Pleasant school, were hurt
when their vehicle crashed and rolled over Friday on Interstate 69
near Lansing.

”This is a tragic loss for our family and for the Central
Michigan family,” Seebeck’s family said in a statement released
through the school. ”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.”

One of the injured students remained hospitalized Monday, while
the other was discharged from a hospital Saturday.

The school didn’t release the names of the injured students or
specify whether they play for the men’s or women’s teams.
Authorities were investigating the crash.

Athletics director Dave Heeke said that it’s ”a tough, tragic
time for our soccer student-athletes and the entire CMU Chippewa
family.”

Grief counselors were on hand to support the team, fellow
students, faculty and staff.