|CAL BAPTIST CHEERLEADING COACH WENDY RICE|
By Randy Economy
August 8, 2010
Officials at Cal Baptist University here in Riverside have confirmed that Wendy Rice, the cheerleading coach at the campus was killed and a dozen cross country team members were injured in that horrific crash that I reported on late last night.
The three-vehicle multiple-fatality accident occurred on California Highway 395 near Bishop, CA.
Here is a statement just issued by campus authorities:
"Wendy Rice was driving one of three vans carrying CBU student athletes to a high altitude training camp in Mammoth. She died when the van was struck by an oncoming SUV that apparently ran out of control, overturned and burst into flames on impact.
California Highway Patrol Officer Dennis Cleland said five people in the SUV also were killed, but no one in the other two CBU vans was injured.
Officer Cleland said the collision occurred about five miles south of Bishop at 8:20 p.m. on a divided four-lane stretch of highway. He said 12 CBU student athletes in the van were injured and transported to area hospitals, but the extent of their injuries was unknown.
University officials contacted the families of all of the cross country team members to inform them about the accident.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic event,” said University President Dr. Ronald L. Ellis. “We have lost a beloved member of our CBU family,” Ellis said. “On behalf of the university community, I want to express our deepest sympathy to Wendy’s husband and their two young children.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those who lost loved ones in this terrible accident and with those who were injured,” Ellis said. “We pray for their speedy and complete recovery.”
Officials said a memorial service for the CBU community will be scheduled on the Riverside campus.