Graylan Paul Spring, a student at Stephen F. Austin State University, died Friday after being involved in a car accident north of Corrigan. Let’s see How Graylan Paul Spring died and details about the car accident incident.
How did Graylan Paul Spring die?
Stephen F. Austin State University sophomore student-athlete Graylan Paul Spring died of injuries sustained in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 59 north of Corrigan Friday afternoon, according to a statement from the SFA athletics department.
According to a news release from the Corrigan Police Department, Graylan Paul Spring, 19, of Austin, was airlifted Friday in serious condition to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe. His mother posted on social media that he died on Saturday night.
“We are saddened to announce that Graylan passed away on Saturday 21st January 2023 following a tragic car accident. Heartfelt thanks to the first responders and ICU staff at HCA Conroe for their valiant efforts and compassionate care.”
All are invited to a candlelight vigil to be held at Homer Bryce Stadium in Nacogdoches on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
The institution said another student, 18-year-old Micah Allen McAfuze, a former member of the SFA baseball team, also died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision.
Wrote SFA Athletics Department
“The entire SFA family is devastated by the tragic loss of football student-athlete Graylan Spring and baseball student-athlete Micah McAfoose,”
“Graylon and Micah were two special people who meant so much to Stephen F. Austin, our football and baseball programs and our athletic department. We ask that everyone keep their families in their prayers at this very difficult time.”
We are heartbroken by the deaths of Micah and Graylan.
Our prayers are with their families at this difficult time.
— SFA Athletics (@SFA_Athletics) January 23, 2023
According to a news release from the Corrigan Police Department, McAfuze was driving a 2007 Nissan Versa south on U.S. Highway 59 in Corrigan with Spring as his passenger when an 18-wheeler made a left turn northbound on Plant Road.
The 18-wheeler’s trailer was damaged when the Nissan struck, pinning the vehicle underneath. According to the press release, McAfoose “succumbed to his injuries on impact.” Spring was airlifted to HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe, where he was listed in critical condition.
While Corrigan police were unable to identify the driver of the 18-wheeler Saturday night, Antonio Sandoval Jr., 68, of Diboll, was named as the driver in a Polk County Today report that said he refused to yield to the oncoming car.
The Corrigan Police Department is still investigating the crash, which also received assistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Corrigan Volunteer Fire Department.
Who was Graylan Paul Spring?
Graylan Paul Spring was a sophomore at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Graylan was adored by a large number of people and lived his life with a kind smile and a pure heart. He will always be remembered and sadly missed.
SFA head baseball coach Johnny Cardenas and SFA head football coach Colby Cartel also made statements.
“Mika was a very special person who always had a smile on his face. He was one of the funniest kids we’ve ever had in our program. He will be missed by our players and team.”
“Our hearts are broken by the loss of Graylan and our prayers go out to the amazing Spring family. What a huge loss for those of us lucky enough to have known Graylan. He was a true champion, both on and off the field, and his legacy will be cherished forever in the Lumberjack football program.”
Tribute to Graylan Paul Spring – #LivelikeGray
Many people expressed their deepest sympathies to his family and expressed how much they loved him.
|Graylan, we love you. Always smiling, a friend to all, a true inspiration to all who knew you. Fierce competitor at all times. There is no other like you. We will miss you forever and always keep you in our hearts. Rest in peace, Gray #watermill #11
VHS Cross Country sends our deepest condolences to Spring family for the loss of Graylanbeloved former Vandegrift student athlete.
– Viper Racing.
|Our prayers are with Spring family, everyone Graylanloved ones of and the Vandegrift community. Rest in peace, Graylan.
– Lady Viper Basketball.
|Devastating news. On behalf of Capeneto springs FB community, we send our sincerest condolences. We will pray for Graylanfamily of and the entire Vandegrift community. Rest in peace, Graylan.
-Dripping Springs Football.
|Thoughts and prayers to Spring family…Graylan he had a smile on his face everyday and will be missed
– Nick Nelson.
One of the worst things a person can go through in life is losing a loved one. Every journey should have an end goal. This man’s time on earth is sadly over now that he has died.
We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.
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