Remembering Terrence ClarkeApril 24, 2021
Terrence Clarke loved his family, and loved basketball, he was just 19 years old.
Terrence was loved that much I know, he was a son, a friend and a gifted basketball player who would have probably had a lengthy pro basketball career in Europe. Maybe Terrence could have even stuck in the NBA. We’ll never get to know. It happened in an instant no one knows why he missed the red light or just how fateful those next moments would be. In a tragic flurry of broken glass and bent steel. He wasn’t wearing his seatbelt and in the end the injuries were just too severe.
“I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight,” UK coach John Calipari said in a statement late Thursday. “A young person who we all love has just lost his life too soon, one with all of his dreams and hopes ahead of him. Terrence Clarke was a beautiful kid, someone who owned the room with his personality, smile and joy. People gravitated to him, and to hear we have lost him is just hard for all of us to comprehend right now. We are all in shock.
Los Angeles Police Department Sgt. John Matassa, who works in the Valley Traffic Division, told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that Clarke was a solo occupant in a vehicle that ran a red light going “at a very high rate of speed” in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles at approximately 2:10 p.m. PT.
“The incident was captured on surveillance video. He collided with another vehicle that was preparing to make a left-hand turn. He struck the vehicle, hit a street light pole and ultimately hit a block wall,” Matassa said. “He was transported to Northridge Hospital and was later pronounced deceased as a result of the collision.”
I didn’t know Terrence personally but in researching this article what I did learn is he wouldn’t want us to stop living our lives to stop being great to each other. He would want us to have a dream and keep chasing it. Boston has lost it’s adopted son and they have an empty place in their hearts hopefully time helps heal that wound.
I really hope they have a killer basketball court in heaven. We’ll miss you Terrence. Rip King.