Alabama prep basketball star Rod Scott dies after car accident

Alabama prep basketball star Rod Scott dies after car accident

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Alabama prep basketball star Rod Scott dies after car accident

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Lee guard Roderic Scott (3) drives Carver guard Darien Adams (11) during the game on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo: Albert Cesare, Advertiser)

Lee guard Roderic Scott (3) drives Carver guard Darien Adams (11) during the game on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, at Faulkner University in Montgomery, Ala. (Photo: Albert Cesare, Advertiser)

Lee High School basketball player Rod Scott has died from injuries suffered Thursday in a single-car rollover accident on the way to Birmingham for the Jeff Davis girls’ playoff basketball game.

Former St. Jude coach and Prattville boys coach Earl Taylor and the Montgomery Public Schools confirmed Scott’s death Friday. Taylor coached Scott at St. Jude.

Scott was riding in the car with four other people, including Carver star Darian Adams when it flipped after losing control in rainy conditions at about 10:15 a.m.

He was airlifted to Baptist South with a swollen brain, two collapsed lungs and a separated shoulder. He remained unconscious after arriving at the hospital his father, Rodney Scott said Thursday.

Reports indicate that Adams was not seriously injured.

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Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s Steve Jarrett said there were five injuries total. Two people were riding in the front seat of the car, and three were in the back seat, Jarrett said. He said the three rear-seat passengers were “unrestrained and were fully ejected.”

The accident occurred in the northbound lane of Interstate 65 at mile marker 221 in Chilton County.

Scott and Adams played together at St. Jude and won state championships together in 2013 and 2014. Both seniors, Scott had committed to Jacksonville State and Adams has signed with Troy.

“This is a tragic day for Montgomery Public Schools,” said Superintendent Margaret Allen. “We are devastated anytime we lose one of our students. Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with Coach Scott and his family.”

Scott was one of five students injured in an accident that occurred in a private vehicle that was transporting the students to a basketball tournament in Birmingham. State Troopers reported that three of the five occupants were ejected from the vehicle during the accident. Scott was the most seriously injured and was transported by helicopter to the hospital.

“Roderick was an excellent student and a leader at our school,” said Lee Principal Lorenzo Pharrams. “He will be missed.”

Counselors are at the school and will be as long as needed.

Funeral services have not been finalized. Any specific information on the other students will have to come from law enforcement at this time.

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