Mikayla Focht, who was set to play for the Red Flash next season, was a passenger on the ATV (all-terrain vehicle) when it hit deer that were on the roadway, leading the vehicle to overturn and throw both Focht and the driver.
Neither the driver, a twenty-three-year-old man, nor Focht were wearing helmets, according to reports. She was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident that happened around 4:00 in the morning.
Focht was scheduled to graduate from Hollidaysburg Area High School later this spring. She was just 18.
The Red Flash noted Focht's death in a tribute from the team's Twitter account:
Our hearts are broke as we lost a member of our softball family. She was the epitome of what our program stands for as a person and a player pic.twitter.com/rt78cTtIih— Saint Francis U SB (@RedFlashSB) April 15, 2017