Muskingum player killed in accident

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One day after scoring his 1,000th career point, Muskingum junior Jarrell Marsh died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 70 in Ohio.

According to multiple reports, 20-year-old Marsh was traveling on westbound I-70 near State Route 93 in Zanesville, Ohio, around 1 p.m. Thursday when his vehicle went off the left-hand side of the road, into the median, and overturned. Marsh was reportedly ejected from the vehicle.

"Both car and driver landed in the eastbound lanes of I-70," Sgt. Todd Henry of the Ohio State Patrol told the Zaynesville Times Reporter. The eastbound lanes of I-70 were closed for several hours after the accident.

On Wednesday night, Marsh had scored his 1,000th career point as part of a game-high 28-points in the Muskies 84-78 loss to Waynesburg (4-5) in non-conference action. Marsh was averaging 20.9 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting .453 from the floor and .321 beyond the arc this season.

Marsh, who was a business major, had started 50 of 58 career games for the Muskies including the past 13 in a row. He had led the team in scoring in both of his freshman and sophomore campaigns and was once again leading the way this season. Marsh averaged 17.4 points per game for his career. Last season, Marsh was named to the Ohio Athletic Conference honorable mention team after being named the OAC Freshman of the Year the previous year.

The University issued the following tweet Friday morning:

Marsh's death comes a year and a day after SUNY Geneseo's Savannah Williams was killed shortly after leaving the Upstate New York campus headed home for the holidays. A day before Williams' death, Lancaster Bible's Alyssa Bowen was killed in an accident in Western Maryland.

Here are a sample of some of the reactions on Twitter from schools and conferences in the region:

Marsh, who grew up in Cincinnati, was declared dead at the scene. The accident remains under investigation, but multiple reports indicate a failure to wear a seat belt contributed.

"The state patrol want to remind everyone to wear a safety belt and drive safely," Sgt. Henry told the Zaynesville paper. 

We will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.