A female suspect who crashed into a house in Memphis has been charged with ‘vehicular homicide’ in connection with the killing of a former basketball player, said prosecutors on Tuesday.
“A woman who crashed her car into a Memphis house has been charged with vehicular homicide in the death of Galen Young, a former UNC-Charlotte basketball player found dead in the home,” AP Top 25 Tweeted.
19 year old suspect, Miracle Renee Rutherford, was indicted in the killing of pro basketball player Galen Young, who was at home when the car crashed into his house on June 5, said the Shelby County district attorney’s office.
Allegedly, Rutherford was speeding on the road after midnight when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed, the case investigators said.
“Rutherford was speeding at about 2:45 a.m. that night when she lost control of her car, went airborne and crashed, investigators said….” a source Tweeted.
No injuries were reported on the spot. A woman told the investigators that she lives in the house with her adult son, however, he was not home at the moment.
A few hours following the crash, when authorities arrived at the location to help remove debris from the car crash, they found the dead body of the woman’s 45 year old son, Young, said, officials.
Young was a basketball player and started playing at his school in Memphis. He then enrolled in the Northwest Mississippi Community College to begin his college career.
Young led the 49ers in 2 NCAA Tournaments and won All Conference-USA honors during his time at UNC-Charlotte.
In 1999, Young signed with the professionals, NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks. He played straight 13 seasons in the Continental Basketball Association and outside the country, including in Australia and Japan.
The grieving Charlotte Men’s Basketball team Tweeted after their pro player’s death, saying, “The 49ers Basketball family mourns the loss of former standout Galen Young. Young played for the 49ers from 1997-99 and was 1999 C-USA Tournament MVP. Our thoughts and prayers are with Galen’s family at this difficult time.
Rest In Peace, Galen.”
As of Tuesday, Rutherford’s attorneys did not immediately respond to the request for comments on the indictment. The indictment states that “Rutherford drove recklessly and created a substantial risk of death or serious bodily injury.”