NCAA: Former Hurricanes DB JoJo Nicolas Dies After Car Crash

Former Miami Hurricanes defensive back JoJo Nicolas passed away on Feb. 26, a day after he was involved in a car crash along a Miami Beach highway.

Feb 27 2014, 8:57pm CST | by

NCAA: Former Hurricanes DB JoJo Nicolas Dies After Car Crash
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Former Miami Hurricanes defensive back JoJo Nicolas passed away on Feb. 26, a day after he was involved in a car crash along a Miami Beach highway. He was just 24 years old. 

The Hurricanes' official athletics website posted a tribute to Nicolas on Wednesday, mourning his passing.  

"Former Miami Hurricanes defensive back JoJo Nicolas died Wednesday after Wednesday after suffering injuries from an early Tuesday morning car accident. Nicolas was 24 years old.

"'The entire University of Miami family mourns the loss of JoJo Nicolas who passed away earlier this evening,' Miami AD Blake James said. 'JoJo was a valued member of our community, our school and our football program, and his loss is devastating to everyone he touched. 

"'On behalf of the university, I send our condolences and thoughts and prayers to JoJo's family, friends and teammates. He will forever be part of 'The U.'"

Hurricanes head football coach Al Golden also sent out his condolences in the same update

"The University of Miami community has suffered a deep loss, with the passing of JoJo Nicolas. For all of us who were fortunate to know JoJo -- to coach him, teach him, play alongside him or simply to befriend him -- we will forever carry his memory with us. Our prayers go out to his family and his loved ones, and he will always be a cherished member of our family." 

Nancy Dahlberg and Carli Teproff of The Miami Herald wrote on Feb. 27 that authorites are still trying to figure out how Nicolas' Lexus crashed into the rear end of a refrigerated tractor trailer

"According to police, Nicolas, who was a Canes defensive back from 2007-11 and wore jersey No. 29, was heading west on the MacArthur Causeway about 5 a.m. Tuesday when his car slammed into the rear of a refrigerated tractor trailer. 

"The crash paralyzed traffic and sent Nicolas to the hospital with serious injuries, police said. 

"The investigation into what happened continued Wednesday. It was still not clear what led to the crash, but detectives were looking into whether speed, alcohol, texting or any other factors played a role."

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Christy Cabrera Chirinos interviewed Miami Beach detective Vivian Hernandez on Feb. 25 regarding the matter. 

"Those could be contributing factors. It's still part of the investigation. They took measurements and that will take a little bit of time."

Nicolas was pronounced dead at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, per Dahlberg and Teproff. His brother, Abner Davis, read a press statement in front of the press on that day. 

He said, "We would like to thank everyone for their support, community efforts, love and prayers all across the nation. We lost the life of a brother, a son, a grandson and an athlete of the University of Miami."

Nicolas was a four-time letterwinner during his collegiate career. He was proclaimed the 2011 Melching Leadership Award winner at the Hurricanes' banquet at the conclusion of that season. 

He signed a contract with the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent two years ago, per the university's official athletics website. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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