Car crash claims life of former UAB, current WKU player

Losing a friend is never an easy thing to have to go through. This morning, the UAB Blazers and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers know exactly how it feels to lose a friend, teammate, and brother.

According to College Football Talk via WHNT-TV, former UAB and Western Kentucky football player Greg Maclin was killed a car wreck late Friday night. The news broke early Saturday morning. The report of the accident came from the Huntsville based news operation.

The wreck happened Thursday. … Police said Monica Apice, 32, was driving her Ford F-150 truck when it started having problems and she pulled over about 3:30 a.m. Another driver, Jonathan Russell, 33, pulled over to help. He positioned his Chevrolet Equinox nose-to-nose with her truck and helped hook up jumper cables, police said.

As they were working on the truck, a Dodge Charger headed eastbound veered onto the shoulder of the road, striking the Ford F-150 and knocking it into the Chevy Equinox. Both Apice and Russell were in their vehicles at the time they were hit.

Police said Frederick Deshaun Rich, 20, was driving the Charger, which caught on fire due the impact. Maclin was a passenger in the Charger.

Maclin had left UAB after his freshman season after they decided to close the program in December. He intended on starting for WKU this season. The Blazers tweeted a sentimental picture honoring and remembering Maclin.

The upcoming sophomore played in all twelve games for the Blazers last season and looked to have a promising future ahead of him. We at Campus Sports send our thoughts and condolences out to both the Blazers and the Hilltoppers.

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