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Liberty Track Coach Remembers Student Killed in Crash


Lynchburg, VA – Liberty University's track and field coach remembers a young man killed in a weekend crash as a promising student athlete.

State Police say Darius Dixon, 18, was killed in a crash in Franklin County around 5:30 a.m. Saturday.

Dixon, a freshman at LU from Chesapeake, was riding in a car driven by his teammate, Abigail Flower, 20, from Lynchburg.

Coach Brant Tolsma said Abigail Flower was driving her younger brother Caleb Flower to his National Guard drill. He says Dixon decided to go with Abigail, so she wouldn't have to make the long, early trip back to Lynchburg alone.

State Police say Abigail Flower ran off of Route 122 and hit a tree. Flower is charged with reckless driving.  Troopers say Dixon was not wearing a safety belt. 

Tolsma said Dixon was planning to study engineering. He says Dixon was not recruited to run at Liberty, but after visiting campus last year, improved his running time to make the team.

"He had tremendous potential," said Tolsma. "We were excited about what we thought he would do in track and field and in college and in the future."

The university was hosting a high school track meet Saturday. That's where coaches and teammates heard the news. A coach left the meet to be with the Flower family at the hospital.

Flower is out of the hospital and we're told her injuries should not prevent her from running again.  We're told Caleb Flower had surgery Monday.

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