CLAREMORE, Okla. – An automobile wreck in southern Oklahoma took the life of Rogers State University women's track & field student-athlete Erica Womack early Thursday morning.
Womack, 18, was a passenger in a car that lost control on an icy overpass at 1 a.m. on Thursday about 50 miles north of the Oklahoma/Texas state line. The car lost control and was struck by a semi-trailer, killing one other occupant and severely injuring two others, according to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Womack was an undeclared freshman at RSU where she was a member of the women's track and field team. She competed in her first collegiate event in December, running a personal best time and setting a freshman record in the 60 meters as she crossed the finish line in 7.88 seconds
Women's track and field assistant coach Morrie Turner said, "I'm saddened by the loss of one of the brightest athletes I've ever recruited. Erica was well loved by all of her teammates and her smile was contagious. Her personality could positively affect any mood at any time and she always kept the jokes coming. RSU Track and Field has lost a family member. Her presence will be missed and can't be replaced."
Director of Athletics Chris Ratcliff extended the Hillcat family's thoughts and prayers to Erica's family and friends. "While her time at RSU was brief she made a lasting impact on many lives and made a mark on RSU Track and Field that will not be forgotten," Ratcliff said.
Information about funeral services will be shared when it becomes available.
Students who need grief counseling are encouraged to call Nikki Phillip, coordinator of counseling services, at 918-343-7845. Students may also contact the Grand Lake Mental Health Center Crisis Line at 800-722-3611 after 5 p.m. on weekdays and 24 hours a day on holidays and weekends.
Our hearts go out to Erica's family during their time of loss, as well as those at RSU who knew her as a student, teammate and a friend.