COLUMBUS, Ga. – A three car collision took the life of a Carver High School baseball coach. Columbus Police say the driver of a stolen silver Audi ran a red light on Buena Vista Road striking a silver Chevrolet, driven by Carver Head Baseball Coach David Pollard.
The impact caused Pollard’s vehicle to collide with a black pick-up truck. Police say the driver of the stolen car ran from the scene.
Coach Pollard was a Special Education teacher, football, and baseball coach at Carver high school. The Carver High School baseball team had two games left in their season. They were scheduled to play LaGrange High School just hours before the accident.
Andy Hicks the Assistant Coach of the Carver baseball team says he can’t believe this happened.
“We had a game this afternoon against LaGrange High school and he went to go get some chalk for the baselines and from what I understand he was on his way back and that’s when that happened,” said Hicks.
News 3 spoke with a few of Coach Pollard’s players after they got the devastating news. Player Ashton Scott says he found out his coach passed away while he was in class.
“In seventh period a teacher knocked on the door and called the other teacher out and they went outside to talk and she came back in crying so we knew something was wrong,” said Scott.
Player Derek Delgado says he cried when he heard the bad news.
“When I first found out I couldn’t believe it, but then when they actually told me, I cried and I couldn’t walk. I cried out the classroom and fell on the floor,” said Delgado.
After the loss of such a beloved coach, what’s next for the baseball team? Assistant Coach Andy Hicks says he doesn’t know what’s going to happen next. “I’m no sure we have a couple other coaches and we’re going to discuss that and we’re going to meet with the team in the morning and see what they want to do.”
Coach Hicks says they’re planning a vigil to remember Pollard.