This picture furnished by Virginia State Police demonstrates Jose Efrain Hernandez Mancia. Authorities say, Thursday, March 31, 2022, an athlete from a Tennessee university was killed when he and two other associates of his team were being struck by a motor vehicle whilst operating along a street in Virginia. Mancia is charged with DUI, DUI-involuntary manslaughter, 1 felony rely of hit and operate, reckless driving, DUI-maiming and DUI refusal to post a breath/blood sample, police reported. (Virginia Condition Police by means of AP)

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An athlete from a Tennessee university was killed Thursday when he and two other customers of his team were being struck by a car or truck even though jogging together a road in Virginia, state police reported.

Customers of the Milligan University men’s cross-region and track and discipline groups ended up working on a street in Williamsburg about 6 p.m. when three of them ended up strike, Virginia Point out Law enforcement stated in a news launch.

Five people today ended up taken to Williamsburg Sentara Healthcare facility, wherever sophomore Eli Cramer, 20, died and two other people had been critically injured, law enforcement said.

Four workforce users and a coach were functioning alongside one another Thursday when the crash took place, Milligan spokeswoman Chandrea Shell said. The university claimed in a assertion that seniors Alex Mortimer and Eli Baldy also had been hurt. Baldy was handled and unveiled.

Cramer, a business administration significant from Murfreesboro, was the third finisher on the 2021 national championship cross-place workforce, a two-time All-American and two-time All-AAC for cross-state, the college explained. In monitor and industry, Cramer was a 4-time national qualifier.

In a assertion, Milligan University student Govt President Chase McGlamery named Cramer a “stranger to no just one.”

“He held a contagious electrical power that was integral to his team and our campus local community,” McGlamery claimed. “Cramer was a male who knew when to set his head down and work or when to steal the space with a sarcastic comment.”

In a video clip assertion the college posted on Facebook, Mortimer thanked individuals for their prayers and mentioned he was explained to the worst of his injuries are a broken leg and dislocated shoulder.

“I want to say that moments like this make you understand what is and is not important in your everyday living,” Mortimer claimed. “Do not forsake or price cut the splendor and the present of everyday living. It is like a vapor and it flashes ahead of our eyes.”

The driver fled but crashed into a median a brief time afterwards and the driver, Jose Efrain Hernandez Mancia, 26, of Williamsburg, was taken into custody, law enforcement explained. Mancia is charged with DUI, DUI-involuntary manslaughter, 1 felony rely of hit and run, reckless driving, DUI-maiming and DUI refusal to submit a breath/blood sample, law enforcement mentioned. On-line court docket information do not checklist an attorney who could comment on Mancia’s behalf.

The Milligan workforce was one particular of dozens set to contend Friday and Saturday in the Colonial Relays hosted by William & Mary in Williamsburg. A second of silence was held ahead of Friday’s situations, William & Mary Affiliate Athletics Director Pete Clawson mentioned in an e mail.

The Milligan crew is traveling again to the university Friday and will not compete in the celebration, Shell reported.

Milligan suspended all discovering pursuits Friday, but explained school would be present in their classes to assistance and grieve with pupils who desire to show up at. The college, which is affiliated with the nondenominational Christian Churches, has an enrollment of 1,300 pupils, according to its internet site. The university is located about 95 miles (153 kilometers) northeast of Knoxville.