A basketball player at Eastern Michigan University lost her life along with a fellow student this weekend as their car hit an incoming vehicle, according to police. The accident occurred in Ypsilanti Township, which is west of the school’s campus. Shannise Heady, a junior on the women’s team, was the driver and her car slammed into a vehicle being driven in the other direction by a 22-year old student who was taken to the hospital as well.
Jordan Hopkins, a 23-year old senior who was in the car with the young woman, also died in the accident. Police are still investigating what happened in this tragic and unfortunate accident.
“This is a tragic loss,” said Eastern Michigan University President Susan Martin. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Jordan’s and Shannise’s families and friends at this difficult time.”
Heady transferred to play basketball at Eastern Michigan in January after leaving Seton Hall University in 2013. The school’s coach says that she brought energy to the team, and that her presence will be missed.
“Obviously this is one of our toughest days as a program … as we mourn the loss of Shannise,” coach Tory Verdi said in a statement. “We are truly devastated. … Shannise was not only an inspiration to all of us, but she brought energy and liveliness to our team.”