A Wenatchee college basketball player was killed in a tragic car accident early Sunday morning. The player’s car drifted into oncoming traffic and was struck head-on by two other vehicles.
Rachel P. Odima, 20, of Layton, Utah, died just two miles north of Wenatchee, according to Washington State Patrol. A sophomore at Wenatchee Valley College, she was a star player on the women’s basketball team, as well as a committed student director of the college’s intramural recreation leagues. She was on schedule to graduate this spring.
WVC President Jim Richardson offered his condolences to the family. “”Rachel’s family and her friends here on campus are in our thoughts today. Words cannot express our sympathy for this loss,” said Richardson.
According to a Washington State trooper, Odima was heading south in her Toyota Corolla on Washington Route 97A before veering into oncoming traffic. In an attempt to avoid Odima’s vehicle, a northbound Toyota 4Runner swerved into the southbound lane.
Odima’s car continued to spin and completely slid into the northbound lane. Seconds later, she was struck by another vehicle. Her vehicle came to a rest on its top on the northbound side of the highway.
Odima was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision, but succumbed to her injuries at the scene of the crash.
The six other people in the two vehicles were all wearing seatbelts and suffered no injuries, according the state patrol.
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