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.