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UC Player Dies in Accident in Butler County Saturday Night
UPDATE - 9-22-2013 - 12:00 P.M.
The University of Cincinnati has confirmed that 19-year-old Ben Flick, a UC Football offensive lineman, died today as a result of a car crash in Hanover Township.
RELEASE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS FOR UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI ATHLETICS
CINCINNATI University of Cincinnati football student-athlete Ben Flick (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton) died and Mark Barr (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Javon Harrison (Dayton, Ohio/Huber Hts. Wayne) were injured in a single-vehicle accident in Hanover Township Saturday night.
Flick, an offensive lineman, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 19 years old.
The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Stahlheber Road near Morman Road in Butler County.
Barr and Harrison, both wide receivers, were transported to UC Medical Center via helicopter along with the driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released. Barr and the driver are in critical condition and Harrison is in stable condition.
The three student-athletes, all true freshmen, had attended the Bearcats 14-0 win over rival Miami (Ohio) in Yager Stadium earlier Saturday, but due to redshirting this season, did not dress or travel with the team.
I cant put into words how tragic this is, Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. As a father and a coach, its something you hope you never have to go through. Ben was so proud to be a part of this team and University. He worked hard and had shown a great deal of improvement since the summer. His future was bright. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flick family on their loss. We also hope and pray for Mark and Javon to recover from their injuries.
UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock offered support to the families and the Bearcats football team.
"The Bearcats family has suffered a great tragedy, Babcock said. All three young men are great representatives of the University and their team. Our hearts go out to all the families involved. We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes."
BUTLER COUNTY (WKRC) - Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Saturday night, there was a report of a single-vehicle accident at Stahlheber and Morman roads in Butler County's Hanover Township. A car had lost control and gone off the roadway ejecting 2 passengers.
One male passenger was pronounced dead at the scene. 3 others were taken from the scene by medical helicopter. Officials on the scene say it appears alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.
The Butler County Sheriff's Office and the Butler County Coroner's Office continues to investigate the incident.