Lakewood (Colo.) basketball star Mackenzie Forrest dies in car accident

Lakewood (Colo.) basketball star Mackenzie Forrest dies in car accident

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Lakewood (Colo.) basketball star Mackenzie Forrest dies in car accident

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Lakewood (Colo.) basketball star Mackenzie Forrest went to Boulder on Saturday to see her future college basketball teammate at Regis University, Jaz’Myne Snipes, win a state championship with ThunderRidge High. While there, she met up with her future coach, Taylor Harris, and Regis graduate assistant Alexa Hardick.

Lakewood’s season ended March 4 in the state quarterfinals to ThunderRide and Snipes. Forrest had been Lakewood’s star this season, averaging 16.9 points per game.

Hours later, Forrest was in a one-car accident on Interstate 70 near Frisco after heading to the mountains earlier in the day. The 17-year-old lost control of her Toyota 4Runner around 3:25 a.m. The car went up an embankment, returned to the highway and rolled twice; she was thrown from the vehicle, Colorado State Patrol trooper Tim Sutherland told The Denver Post.

Forrest died Sunday evening, her parents said in a statement.

“The doctors here at St. Anthony’s have been trying all day to do all they could for MacKenzie,” the family said in a statement. “We are devastated that she is gone. MacKenzie was an amazing daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin, friend and teammate. She made the most of her time at Lakewood High School and was excited to be heading to play for Regis University in the fall. … We appreciate everyone’s kindness throughout this difficult day.”

The family said her organs were donated. A vigil was held Sunday night at Lakewood.

“L’l Mac was extremely special to all of us in our program,” coach Chris Poisson said in a statement. “Her accomplishments on the court speak for themselves. However it was her heart, passion and love that made her special. She will always be in our hearts. I will always love L’l Mac.”

Support has poured out on social media for the popular Forrest. The school has changed its Twitter avatar to a yellow ribbon with Forest’s No. 33.

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