CourtKings Starting Guard Killed In I-380 Car Crash
The Cedar Valley CourtKings are mourning the loss of starting point guard Rashad Carrington.
Carrington, 26, of Cedar Rapids, was killed in a one-car accident in Johnson County early Sunday morning (May 8, 2016).
According to the Iowa State Patrol, Carrington was driving on Interstate 380 near North Liberty when he lost control of his northbound Buick LeSabre shortly after 3 a.m. Troopers said the car struck a guardrail at the Iowa Highway 965 overpass and came to rest in a ditch.
Carrington apparently died at the scene. The Iowa State Patrol said he was taken to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by the Johnson County Medical Examiner.
The accident remains under investigation.
Carrington, a 6-foot point guard, signed with the CourtKings in February after previously playing semi-professional basketball for a team in Houston. He started both games the CourtKings (0-2) have played this season, each of them on the road in Chicago.
The 2013 graduate of Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids tallied 15 points in the CourtKings inaugural game on April 23, a 109-95 loss to the Chicago Clovers at Hyde Park Academy High School. Carrington scored five points in Cedar Valley's 111-103 setback to the Chicago Fury at the Salvation Army's Red Stearn Center on April 30.
The CourtKings were idle this past weekend. They spent time preparing for their May 15 home opener and mourning the loss of Carrington.
Team owner/general manager Gary Rima posted the following message on the CourtKings' Facebook page on Sunday:
Our hearts are heavy today as the CourtKings' family mourns the death of a teammate, leader and friend to all of us. Our starting point guard and team leader Rashad Carrington passed away earlier this morning after being in a one car accident. Our sympathy and prayers goes out to his family, teammates and friends of Rashad. We are all fortunate to have known you Rah and are better for it! Rest in peace #5.