University of Sioux Falls says two football players involved in fatal crash
The University of Sioux Falls released a statement Sunday saying the two men involved in Sunday morning's fatal crash in Sioux Falls were members of the USF football team.
The schools says Junior Courtney Beane of Oakland, CA, was the driver who died in the crash near 49th and Kiwanis Avenue early Sunday morning.
The statement said junior Jared Brito of Covina, CA, was the passenger in the crash who sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.
“This is a difficult day for our campus, and we are praying for the families of Courtney and Jared,” USF President Brett Bradfield said. “We are reminded that faith is at the center of our campus community, and we will be here for one another.”
USF said a grief counselor will be made available for the campus community including fellow students, friends and teammates this week.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Courtney’s and Jared’s families,” USF Head Football Coach Jon Anderson said. “I extend my sincerest condolences to Courtney’s family. We are truly heartbroken, and our team is distraught about Courtney and praying for Jared’s recovery. Courtney was not with us long, but he very quickly found his place in this program. Our team is a family, and we will be here for each other during this difficult time.”
Sioux Falls Police say the passenger, Brito, called 9-1-1 to report the crash around 2:30 Sunday morning. He was disoriented and did not know where he was but was able to give police enough information to lead them to the crash site.
They found the driver, Beane, dead inside the car when they arrived and the passenger, Brito, lying next to it.
Police say the driver lost control, hit a bridge pedestrian guard rail head on and traveled down the embankment of a levee. The car came to rest near a bike path under the 49th Street bridge. Officials say speed contributed to the accident.