LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) – WKYT has affirmed previous UK men’s basketball player Terrence Clarke has died in a car crash in Los Angeles Thursday. He was 19 years of age.
Sources reveal to us the NBA Draft prospect was executed in an accident after purportedly working out with BJ Boston. We have additionally affirmed that with the Valley Traffic Division of Los Angeles Police.
The sergeant reveals to us the mishap occurred at 2:10 PT on Winnetka Avenue.
LAPD says Clarke was going at a high pace when he ran a red light, hit another vehicle turning left, and proceeded to then hit a shaft and square divider. Police say Clarke was not wearing his safety belt appropriately.
Police say he was the lone individual in the car.
We’ve gotten this observer video of the accident from KTTV in LA:
“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight,” Kentucky head coach John Calipari said. “A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.”
Clarke and Boston had both as of late endorsed with a similar specialist, Klutch Sports. Last season, Clarke found the middle value of 10 focuses and three bounce back during Kentucky’s initial seven games, including a profession high 22 focuses in a misfortune to Georgia Tech.
Clarke at that point missed 17 games with a foot injury prior to returning in the SEC Tournament. He announced for the NBA Draft in March.
Police reveal to us he was taken to Northridge Hospital where he was articulated dead.
“I am on my way to Los Angeles to be with his mother and his brother to help wherever I can,” Calipari said. “This will be a difficult period for all those who know and love Terrence, and I would ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence and his family. May he rest in peace.”
Clarke is made due by his folks, Osmine Clarke and Adrian Briggs, and his three kin, Tatyana Gray, Gavin Clarke and Madison Adrianne.
“We are stunned by this sudden, heartbreaking tragedy,” said Mitch Barnhart, UK Director of Athletics. “Terrence was a young man who was so full of life and so full of promise. We hurt and grieve with his family, his friends, and his teammates and coaches, and our prayers are with all of them in this unimaginable loss.”