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Los Angeles San Jose State football player dies in bus crash

The San Jose State football team postponed its Saturday game after a freshman running back was hit and killed by a school bus Friday morning near the university, officials said.

Camdan McWright, 18, was hit just before 7 a.m. while riding an electric scooter at an intersection on campus, according to university and police officials. California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Ross Lee said the scooter driver, later identified as McWright, died at the scene.

McWright, of Panorama City, was a standout player at St. Genevieve High School and dreamed of becoming a television sports analyst. He would have turned 19 in December, according to his player profile.

San Jose State was scheduled to play New Mexico State on Saturday at 3 p.m., but athletic director Jeff Konya said the game will be moved to later this season.

“In light of the tragic circumstances involving Camdan McWright, we have made the decision with New Mexico State to postpone the game,” Konya said in a statement Friday.

“We tragically lost an incredible young man this morning,” said San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan. “Camdan had a bright future ahead of him, and everyone in this community who had the opportunity to spend time with him knew it. We are still trying to come to terms with the news of this tragedy and appreciate everyone’s support during this difficult time. »

McWright was on a crosswalk when he was hit by a San Jose Unified School District bus. Preliminary investigation found that the bus “entered the intersection … on a green light”, according to a CHP report.

There were 14 high school students on the bus; they and the driver were not injured, according to the report.

“We are all devastated by the tragic loss of Camdan McWright,” Konya said. “The San Jose State community is very close and the campus is devastated. We have lost a very bright and talented young man too soon. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to the McWright family. »

McWright had one game this season, against the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, going for six yards, according to his profile. Last year, he was named to the CalHiSports.com All-State First Team.

The San Jose State community planned to gather for a candlelight vigil in McWright’s honor at 6 p.m. at the crash site at 10th and Reed streets, according to the university. On-campus counseling services have been made available to all students.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the McWright family, and I want them to know that we are all here for them,” Brennan said. “Camdan will always be in our hearts and will be deeply missed.”

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