Originally posted on Bearcats Blog  |  Last updated 9/22/13
Horrible, horrible news to report today. Bearcats freshman offensive lineman Ben Flick was killed in an auto accident last night. He was in a car with 3 others. Teammates Javon Harrison and Mark Barr were injured and airlifted to University Hospital. The driver's name has not been released. Here's what was written on Go Bearcats: CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati football student-athlete Ben Flick (Hamilton, Ohio/Hamilton) died and Mark Barr (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) and Javon Harrison (Dayton, Ohio/Huber Hts. Wayne) were injured in a single-vehicle accident in Hanover Township Saturday night. Flick was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 19 years old. The crash occurred around 10:30 p.m. on Stahlheber Road near Morman Road in Butler County. Barr and Harrison were transported to UC Medical Center via helicopter along with the driver of the vehicle, whose name has not been released. Barr and the driver are in critical condition and Harrison is in stable condition. The three student-athletes, all true freshmen, had attended the Bearcats’ 14-0 win over rival Miami (Ohio) in Yager Stadium earlier Saturday, but due to redshirting this season, did not dress or travel with the team. “I can’t put into words how tragic this is,” Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. “As a father and a coach, it’s something you hope you never have to go through. Ben was so proud to be a part of this team and University. He worked hard and had shown a great deal of improvement since the summer. His future was bright. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Flick family on their loss. We also hope and pray for Mark and Javon to recover from their injuries.” UC Director of Athletics Whit Babcock offered support to the families and the Bearcats football team. "The Bearcats family has suffered a great tragedy,” Babcock said. “All three young men are great representatives of the University and their team. Our hearts go out to all the families involved. We are doing all we can to help and support them along with the rest of our student-athletes." All the best to Ben Flick's family and friends. This is news you never want to hear about someone you love and care about. Ideally no one should have to go through this. Hopefully Mark Barr and Javon Harrison will have speedy recoveries from their injuries. This is a sad day for the University of Cincinnati. RIP 77.
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