Authorities say three persons were killed in a head-on collision in west Georgia, including two LaGrange College baseball players whose team had just won the conference tournament championship.
Brown, who was on the mound for Saturday’s game, was driving when he attempted to pass a vehicle in front of him over the double yellow line, but hit a pickup truck traveling in the opposite direction, according to police.
According to the school, Jacob Brown, 19, of Duluth, and Stephen Bartolotta, 18, of Palm City, Florida, died in the crash on Saturday.
The accident occurred just hours after LaGrange won its fifth straight USA South Tournament title, defeating North Carolina Wesleyan 10-7.
The deaths of Brown and Bartolotta, both freshmen pitchers, impacted members of the baseball team particularly hard, according to LaGrange College President Susanna Baxter.
According to press reports, the two were in a vehicle that collided with a vehicle driven by Rico Dunn, 25, who was also killed.
According to state police, the accident happened on Georgia 109 in Troup County when one of the vehicles was attempting to pass.
Dunn was brought to a local hospital, where he died of his injuries early Sunday morning, according to WSB-TV. He had celebrated his sister’s birthday earlier that day.
Stephen Bartolotta cause of death
Stephen Bartolotta died in a car crash after LaGrange who won its fifth straight USA South Tournament title were returning home