Former Pleasure Ridge Park High School and University of Kentucky basketball player Kerry Benson was among the victims in a fatal car crash Monday near Bowman Field, the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has confirmed.
Benson and Germina Cruz were pronounced dead at the scene at 10:31 p.m. after the vehicle Benson was driving struck a utility pole at the intersection of Taylorsville Road and Betty Lane, near Dutchmans Lane, according to Louisville Metro Police.
The 24-year-old Benson suffered multiple blunt force injuries and Cruz, 23, died as a result of a head injury suffered during the one-car accident, which police think may have happend after the vehicle hit a patch of ice. A third person riding in the back seat was transported to an area hospital.
Benson wore No. 20 at UK as a walk-on after a career at PRP that included All-Sixth Region, All-District and team MVP honors during his senior season, when he averaged 15.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and played in the Kentucky-Ohio All-Star game.
He went on to letter one season at UK — the 2007-2008 campaign — as a walk-on for coach Billy Gillispie.
Other former Wildcats memorialized the 6-foot-5 guard on social media.
“Sad hearing about the passing of Kerry Benson,” . “Prayers go out to his family. RIP man. #BBN”said Mark Krebs Jr
: “RIP to my friend and teammate Kerry Benson.. Will always cherish our glory days of hooping at the JC post UK days… Miss ya homie.”Added Dusty Mills on Instagram
Cruz was a member of the Kentucky Xtreme professional football program’s dance team.
“The entire Xtreme family will not only miss Germina for her great talents on the field, but for the work she did for the team in the community and for her kind, caring and outgoing personality,” the team said in a statement. “The Xtreme family wishes to offer its prayers and condolences to Germina’s family and friends. She will not be forgotten.”