A high school softball star has died after losing control of her car and hitting a guardrail, Indiana officials say.
Ashton Pryor was driving a 2008 Jeep Wrangler on Friday, Feb. 17, just before 7 a.m., when he lost control and hit a guardrail that flipped his car, the Warrick County Sheriff’s Office said in a post on Facebook. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Peyton Pryor — Ashton’s 15-year-old younger sister — was a passenger in the Jeep, a friend shared on Facebook.
Peyton was taken to Ascension St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the sheriff. Drugs or alcohol are not believed to be a factor in the crash.
“Pryor was a standout on the softball team,” reported the Courier & Press. She played third base on Boonville High School’s Class 3A state championship team in 2021 and became a pitcher this past spring.
Pryor, a junior, was busy playing softball at Indiana State University, according to her Instagram.
Neither Boonville High School nor the Indiana State University athletic department immediately responded to McClatchy News’ request for comment.
Friends, family and community members have shared tributes for Pryor on social media.
“Today we are heartbroken. Words cannot describe the sadness and devastation our softball family is feeling right now,” said a Facebook post. “Ashton was so FULL of cum and life!”
“There are no words to describe this loss, but they are endless when it comes to your impact,” Fusion, a travel softball program, posted on Facebook. “You are the person any organization would love to have a part of their family because of how you carried yourself and who you were to those around you. Our teammate. Our sister. Our family.”
“Our number 12 will never be forgotten”, the Boonville High School softball team tweeted.
Boonville is located approximately 100 miles west of Louisville, Kentucky.
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