Altee Tenpenny, was killed in a car accident overnight according to tweets from several of his former teammates, like Kenyan Drake and Reggie Ragland.
SECCountry reports that Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban offered comment on Tenpenny’s death during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with Altee and his family. This is obviously a tragedy,” Saban said.
Several ex-Crimson Tide teammates had shared news of Tenpenny’s death on social media. Current linebacker Reggie Ragland was among those to react.
“RIP altee,” Ragland tweeted early Wednesday morning.
Many other Alabama players also reacted to his passing on Twitter.
On Wednesday afternoon the North Little Rock School District issued the following statement about Tenpenny’s passing:
The North Little Rock School District is deeply saddened by the passing of Altee Tenpenny. The death of any young person, especially one with such talent and ambition, is tragic. A 2013 graduate of North Little Rock High School, Altee was a standout football player and human being. His beautiful smile and charismatic personality will be sorely missed.
The accident that claimed Tenpenny’s life happened early Tuesday evening near Greenville.
Accident details from Mississippi Highway Patrol:
On Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at approximately 5:00 p.m., the Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to a single vehicle crash on US Highway 1 in Washington County. A 2008 Dodge Charger passenger car driven by Dashawnn Tenpenny, 20, from North Little Rock, Arkansas, was traveling Northbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of roadway striking a roadway sign. After impact, the vehicle continued down an embankment crossing over a county road. The vehicle overturned several times and collided with a utility pole, ejecting the driver. Tenpenny was transported to Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville, MS where he died of injuries sustained in the crash. The accident remains under investigation by the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
The former Charging Wildcat signed as a 4-star recruit with Alabama in 2012, but transferred to the University of Nevada at Las Vegas in May. In August, he was kicked off the UNLV team and transferred to Nicholls State in Louisiana.
Over the weekend, Altee Tenpenny was arrested and suspended from the team.