The Washington Times-Herald


July 30, 2009

Seth Coy killed in car accident

SHELBY COUNTY, KY. — East Tennessee State University basketball player Seth Coy, 19, died in a one-vehicle crash on Interstate 64 about 25 miles east of Louisville Wednesday evening while on his way home to Daviess County.

According to information from Shelby County authorities provided to the Times-Herald by radio station WAMW in Washington, Coy’s car hydroplaned on wet pavement. Coy, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from car. Authorities were not sure if speed was a factor in the crash, though they noted Coy was traveling at least as fast as the 70 MPH speed limit where the accident took place, though he was likely not going much faster than the speed limit. Authorities do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor in the accident.

Coy, a 6-11 center, played in 24 games as a freshman for the Buccaneers, who earned an NCAA tournament bid and battled No. 1 seed Pitt tough before falling in their opening round game this past March. Coy worked his way into the ETSU starting lineup early in the season before being sidelined with a broken foot. He finished the season averaging 2.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg and nearly 11 minutes per game, and was expected to contend for a starting position for coach Murry Bartow’s club in 2009-10. In just one year with the Buccaneers, Coy had already become a “fan favorite” at ETSU according to Bartow.

“Words cannot describe the sincere heartache everyone involved with ETSU athletics feels at this time, and our thoughts and prayers go out to Seth’s entire family,” Bartow said in a statement. “For those of us who worked with Seth on a day-to-day basis as part of the men’s basketball program here at ETSU, this is devastating news. He was such a great young man with a pleasant personality, a wonderful sense of humor, and a really bright future. He was so well-liked within our team, and it was obvious by the reaction during games last year that he was a fan favorite as well. This is just unbelievably heartbreaking.”

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