Friday night’s football game between DeKalb and New Haven was canceled after a multi-car accident involving DeKalb football players resulted in a fatality.
Derek Padilla, 17, a junior football player, was killed in the crash. Padilla was driving a 2004 Volkswagen Passat when he pulled into the intersection of County Roads 19 and 40 in DeKalb County, northwest of Auburn, and was t-boned by another driver, according to the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.
Padilla was pronounced dead at the scene.
The passenger in Padilla’s car, junior teammate Lucas Oberkiser, 16, was taken to the hospital and is listed in critical condition.
The accident occurred just before 4 p.m.
“You’re not prepared to handle anything like this ever,” said DeKalb football coach Pete Kempf. “All we can do as a program, we preach brotherhood and love. That’s all we can rely on. In the end, that’s all that matters.”
No make-up date has been announced. DeKalb suspended all athletic activities scheduled for Saturday.