SAN JOSE, California. – A San Jose State University football player died Friday morning after he was struck by a school bus, the team confirmed.
Camdan McWright, 18, was riding an electric scooter in the area of S 10th and Reed streets around 6:51 am when he was fatally struck by the bus.
Officials said McWright rented the scooter. A source told KTVU that the college freshman is on his way to practice.
It is unclear if he was wearing a helmet.
“We lost a wonderful young man this morning. Camdan had a bright future ahead of him and everyone in this community who had the opportunity to spend time with him knew that,” San Jose State football coach Brent Brennan said in a statement. “We are still trying to process the news of this tragedy, and appreciate everyone’s support during these difficult times.”
According to the San Jose Police Department, there were 14 students, ranging from 14 to 17 years old, and the driver on board the bus at the time of the crash. Neither of the children, nor the driver was injured, the San Jose Unified School District said.
“It is deeply, deeply, deeply felt on our campus. All our thoughts, our prayers, our sympathy with our student parents, with friends, teammates – everyone in the Spartan family,” SJSU President Steve Perez said in an interview.
Athletic Director Jeff Konya said McWright was a well-regarded member of the football team. “Just a very bright, articulate, energetic individual. Was a freshman, was loved by the team, had a great personality,” Konya said.
The bus driver was traveling down Reed Street and entered the intersection with 10th Street at a green light. McWright, traveling on 10th Street, drove “directly into the path of the oncoming bus,” the California Highway Patrol said in a crash report. “The driver of the bus was unable to stop in time,” police said.
The CHP said it was able to review the on-board bus video to verify that the bus had the green light at the time of the crash.
The bus driver remained at the scene of the crash and cooperated with authorities. Police did not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in the collision.
Initially, police said the crash involved a cyclist, but it was later determined to be an electric scooter.
A CHP spokesperson said, “It’s a tragedy any time we lose a life, especially a young person, so we want to take our time and really do justice to all those people involved.”
The Spartans are scheduled to play a game against New Mexico State on Saturday in New Mexico.