A player for the Statesboro-based Tormenta FC 2 team has tragically lost his life following a hit-and-run accident.
It was announced on Saturday that defender David Carter Payne had been hit by a vehicle while riding on a scooter. He would soon be taken to Memorial Health: Southeast Georgia Hospital for treatment.
However, some hours later, the team released a statement announcing the passing of Payne:
“South Georgia Tormenta FC are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Tormenta FC 2 defender David Carter Payne. Carter passed away today, July 9.
A member of Tormenta FC 2’s 2022 USL League Two team, Payne was a tremendous athlete, teammate and friend, and he will be sorely missed by everyone involved at the club.
Carter was hospitalized at Memorial Health: Southeast Georgia Hospital after being involved in a vehicle, pedestrian accident in Statesboro, Georgia.
Carter’s family, friends and the entirety of Tormenta Nation are grieving today.”
Carter played soccer in college at the University of Michigan.
He had aspirations to make Tormenta’s first team and sign a professional contract.