‘Devastated:’ Jacksonville University mourns Kissimmee women’s soccer player killed in crash

Freshman Stephanie Davis, 18, was killed in car accident that injured 7 teammates

Jacksonville University women's soccer player Stephanie Davis during games last season. Davis, 18, was killed in a car accident on Sunday in Baker County. Seven of her teammates were also injured. (Jacksonville University, Jacksonville University)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Stephanie Davis, a freshman on the Jacksonville University women’s soccer team, was killed in a crash Sunday in Baker County that also injured seven teammates, News 6 partner WJXT-TV reported.

Davis, 18, from Tohopekaliga High School in Kissimmee, played in 11 games for the Dolphins at forward and started twice. JU released a statement saying it was crushed by the tragedy.

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“Our campus community is devastated by this heartbreaking news,” the school said in a release. “Jacksonville University leaders are in touch with the families of all students involved and are offering our full support to them and to the team, as well as counseling services to any students, faculty and staff who knew Stephanie.”

The Florida Highway Patrol said the sport utility vehicle was traveling eastbound on US-90 near I-10 in Baker County when it overcorrected after going onto the shoulder. When the vehicle reentered the road, it overcorrected again, spun counterclockwise and then rolled over. It came to rest on its passenger side.

Seven JU women’s soccer players between the ages of 18 and 21 were treated for minor injuries. Three were taken to local hospitals. They were wearing seatbelts, according to the FHP report.

Davis was pronounced dead at Lake City Medical Center.

About the Author:

Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.