"WEBBERVILLE — The man killed in a rollover crash Wednesday on Interstate 96 was a Michigan State University assistant softball coach, the university confirmed today.
Charleston Fobbs, 47, of Canton, was killed in the 6:25 p.m. crash on eastbound I-96 near M-52 and Webberville, Michigan State Police said. Authorities said his Chevrolet HHR left the road and rolled multiple times after he swerved to avoid slowing traffic, police said. He died at the scene.
MSU spokesman John Lewandowski confirmed Fobbs’ employment and said the university would release more information today.
State police have asked anyone who saw the crash to call the Lansing post at 322-1907."
Following the news, there has been an outpouring of support from softball players and teams across the country. Just a sampling:
Thoughts and prayers to Michigan State Softball on the passing of assistant coach Charles Fobbs. #B1Gfamily
— Purdue Softball (@PurdueSoftball) September 19, 2013
I sat with Coach Fobbs at Legacy in July and his love for the game and his family was evident. Life is so short. #heavyheart
— Jen Steele (@LUCoachSteele) September 19, 2013
Thoughts and prayers from our family to yours @Msu_softball @coachjjoseph
— Codee Yeske (@CodeeYeske18) September 19, 2013
My heart goes out to the @MSU_Softball family. Keeping y'all in my prayers.
— Matt Chidester (@coachchid) September 19, 2013
Our thoughts go out to Michigan State Softball on the loss of assistant coach Charles Fobbs. We are all Spartans today!
— NorthDakota Softball (@UNDsoftball) September 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with you MSU Softball💚
— Sierra Joy Romero ✝ (@Sierrajoy32) September 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the @MSU_Softball team 💚
— Bianca Mejia (@biamejia28) September 19, 2013
Our hearts & prayers are with @coachjjoseph & the @MSU_Softball Family today #TwoSchoolsOneTeam
— Nebraska Softball (@HuskerSoftball) September 19, 2013
My thoughts and prayers are with the Spartan Softball Family today. Never take it for granted, every moment counts. 💚
— Sharon Palma (@sharonpalma09) September 19, 2013
No family is stronger than the Spartan one. So much love to everyone today. Charles Fobbs, you were a great coach & an even better guy #rip
— MK (@mmmmkay6) September 19, 2013