Saturday was a sad day for all Furman supporters, as Furman lacrosse announced that student assistant coach Jackson Roberts passed away on Friday evening in a tragic accident.
Yesterday, one of our team members, Jackson Roberts, lost his life in a tragic accident. Please pray for him, his family, our team, the Furman community, and all those who knew him.— Furman Lacrosse (@FURMANMLAX) January 13, 2018
Furman’s Athletic Director Mike Buddie and Furman President Elizabeth Davis also released messages of condolences about the news.
Multiple reports out of Greenville, SC confirmed the news. IL also did a post about the news. In an article from Fox Carolina, the Greenville County Coroner and Greenville City Police Department stated that the accident occurred on Friday evening on Poinsett Highway in South Carolina:
Per the coroner, the motorcyclist was involved in a collision around 10 p.m. on Poinsett Highway at Rutherford Road. The 22-year-old male from Memphis, TN was transported to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he later died from his injuries at approximately 11:57 p.m.
WSPA channel 7 reported that Jackson was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.
Roberts was originally from Memphis, Tennessee and went to high school at Memphis University School. Many team accounts passed along messages of support after Furman released the news.
Our thoughts & prayers are with the @FURMANMLAX team and the Roberts Family for their tragic loss.— Army WP M.Lacrosse (@ArmyWP_MLax) January 13, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with @FURMANMLAX during this tragic time.— Penn State Men’s Lacrosse (@PennStateMLAX) January 13, 2018
Thoughts and prayers go out to the @FURMANMLAX family and all of the lives Jackson Roberts touched— JHU Men's Lacrosse (@jhumenslacrosse) January 14, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Roberts family and the entire @FURMANMLAX community for their tragic loss.— BU Men's Lacrosse (@TerrierMLAX) January 14, 2018
Thank you to Wofford for observing a moment of silence pregame in honor of #Furman lacrosse student assistant Jackson Roberts.— Furman Basketball (@FurmanHoops) January 13, 2018