Cincinnati freshman dies in auto accident
Updated On: Sep 22 2013 02:02:27 PM CDT
University of Cincinnati freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in an auto accident on Saturday night in Oxford, Ohio.
Two other Cincinnati players were injured in the one-vehicle crash that occurred after the Bearcats' 14-0 win over Miami of Ohio.
Flick, of Hamilton, Ohio, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Wide receivers Mark Barr of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Javon Harrison of Dayton, Ohio, were taken by helicopter to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center with injuries. Barr was in critical condition and Harrison was stable.
The driver of the vehicle, who was not identified, was in critical condition.
All three players are redshirting and did not travel with the team. Oxford is about 25 miles north of Cincinnati.
"I can't put into words how tragic this is," coach Tommy Tuberville said in a statement. "As a father and a coach, it's something you hope you never have to go through.
"Ben was so proud to be a part of this team and university. He worked hard and had shown a great deal of improvement since the summer. His future was bright. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flick family on their loss. We also hope and pray for Mark and Javon to recover from their injuries."
Flick was a guard at Hamilton High School in Ohio. He was a second-team All-Greater Miami Conference player his senior year.
Barr caught 33 passes for 741 yards for St. Thomas Aquinas, which won a Florida state championship while he was a senior. Harrison was a wide receiver and quarterback at Huber Heights Wayne in Dayton, Ohio.
"Our hearts go out to all the families involved," athletics director Whit Babcock said in a statement. "We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes."
Cincinnati has a bye this week.
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