Former GSU athlete dead in Underground Atlanta crash
By MYFOXATLANTA STAFF
Police say a former GSU soccer player is dead after a car flipped on its side and slid into an ice cream shop at Underground Atlanta Wednesday morning.
Police say a former Georgia State University soccer player was killed Wednesday morning when the car he was driving slid into an ice cream shop at Underground Atlanta.
According to Atlanta police, 21-year-old Timothy Nixon lost control of his vehicle on a curve near Peachtree Street and Wall Street around 2 a.m. They say the car flipped on its side and slid through the glass surrounding the Häagen-Dazs store.
Nixon was left trapped inside the vehicle. He was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where police say he later died.
Witnesses told police they saw the car driving south on Peachtree Street when it veered into a concrete embankment and slid into the ice cream shop.
According to the team's website, Nixon was from Bristol, England originally. He graduated from South Forsyth High School, and then played at East Tennessee State University before he transferred to Georgia State, where he played for the 2011-2012 men's team.
Brett Surrency, head coach of GSU's men's soccer team, released the following statement about Nixon on Wednesday afternoon:
"We are devastated by this incredible tragedy, and our hearts go out to Tim's parents, Diane and Gary, and his family and friends. The Georgia State soccer family has lost a treasured friend and teammate. Tim was immensely popular with his teammates, a player and person that everyone was drawn to. I'm at a loss for words."
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