Video has emerged showing the scene of the fatal car crash that took former University of Kentucky basketball player Terrence Clarke’s life. A second video shows the actual crash. You can see both videos later in this article, but be aware that they are disturbing.
Clarke, the 19-year-old former UK Wildcats basketball player who recently declared for the 2021 draft, died in Los Angeles on April 22, 2021, WKYT-TV was first to confirm, through sources.
“WKYT has confirmed former UK men’s basketball player Terrence Clarke has died in Los Angeles,” the station reported.
Here’s the video showing the actual moment of impact.
NEW: Video obtained by @CBSLA shows the moments former @KentuckyMBB player Terrence Clarke slammed into a truck at the intersection of Nordhoff and Winnetka. @LAFD transported Clarke to the hospital but he did not survive his injuries. #CBSLA
— Mike Rogers (@MikeRogersTV) April 23, 2021
Here’s the crash video zoomed in.
Surveillance video showed the moment 19-year-old NBA prospect Terrence Clarke drove into another vehicle before hitting a brick wall in Los Angeles on Thursday. Clarke died following the crash. https://t.co/mMtphYMPqg pic.twitter.com/4UyWYgHkCd
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 23, 2021
Kentucky head coach John Calipari later confirmed Clarke’s death, writing on Twitter, “I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. I ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence Clarke and his family. May he Rest In Peace.” Kentucky Basketball wrote, “We are devastated to learn of our own Terrence Clarke’s tragic passing. Our hearts are heavy for Terrence, his family and all of us who loved him.”
I am absolutely gutted and sick tonight. I ask that everyone take a moment tonight to say a prayer for Terrence Clarke and his family. May he Rest In Peace. https://t.co/a1E1gysxxi pic.twitter.com/1unTygk4Tt
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) April 23, 2021
Here’s what you need to know:
Video Showed a Car With Major Front-End Damage
I got the alert about an accident . 😔 RIP young king Terrence Clarke. pic.twitter.com/6tfVnRnDxG
— MajoriAm (@iNetflixReview) April 23, 2021
Video posted to social media showed a car with heavy front-end damage.
A second video also showed the same scene.
“wtf I literally passed by the Terrence Clarke accident on my way home…” wrote the man who posted it. However, he later deleted that video.
WKYT reported that according to Los Angeles police, the accident happened at 2:10 p.m. Pacific time when Clarke, speeding, ran a red light and hit another car before slamming into a utility pole and a wall. Clarke “was not wearing his seatbelt properly,” police told WKYT, and was alone in the vehicle.
Video of Terrence Clarke crash aftermath pic.twitter.com/zy8XXx6MQM
— Add your name (@lildurkioooo) April 23, 2021
Another player, BJ Boston, was in a car behind him and was uninjured, according to Kentucky Sports Radio.
Clarke submitted his name for the 2021 NBA draft in March, and he and Boston had both signed with Klutch Sports, WKYT reported.
Clarke & Boston Had Been Working out Before the Crash
CONFIRMED: Brandon Boston Jr. is OK. Sierra Canyon basketball assistant confirms Boston is OK.
Boston was reportedly driving behind Terrence Clarke when Clarke was involved in a deadly accident.
— Tarek Fattal (@Tarek_Fattal) April 23, 2021
Tarek Fattal of the LA Daily News wrote on Twitter, “CONFIRMED: Brandon Boston Jr. is OK. Sierra Canyon basketball assistant confirms Boston is OK. Boston was reportedly driving behind Terrence Clarke when Clarke was involved in a deadly accident.”
According to WKYT, Clarke and BJ Boston had been working out together prior to the crash. Clarke died on the way to Northridge Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, the station reported.
Rich Paul: “We are saddened and devastated by the tragic loss of Terrence Clarke. He was an incredible, hard-working young man. He was excited for what was ahead of him and ready to fulfill his dreams…" https://t.co/YLZb0fSSV8
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) April 23, 2021
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reported: “Terrence Clarke, a Kentucky freshman guard headed for the NBA Draft, died following a car accident in the Los Angeles-area this afternoon, Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul tells ESPN. Clarke’s mother was at his side when he passed on Thursday. He was 19 years old.”
Coach Brad Stevens Cut a Press Conference Short Upon Hearing the News
Brad Stevens said he just heard the Terrence Clarke news and isn't up to talking about tonight's game. He noted that Clarke is a Boston kid and that his son looks up to Clarke.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) April 23, 2021
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens “said he just heard the Terrence Clarke news and isn’t up to talking about tonight’s game. He noted that Clarke is a Boston kid and that his son looks up to Clarke,” according to Keith Smith of Yahoo Sports.
He cut a post-game press conference short.
#Celtics head coach Brad Stevens cuts his postgame press conference short after the team's win tonight after hearing the news about Terrence Clarke.
— Nick Coit (@NCoitABC6) April 23, 2021
Clarke declared for the 2021 draft in March, saying, “As an adolescent, having the privilege to put on the Kentucky uniform and play in front of the BBN was always a lifelong goal of mine. Although it was hindered due to things out of my own control, the experience is something I will keep with me forever. … I hope to make you all proud as a I pursue my dreams.”