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Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Park Stevens dies in car accident news services

Mississippi offensive lineman Park Stevens died Wednesday afternoon in a car accident.

"Our team is hurting tonight with the loss of Park," Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze said in a statement Wednesday night. "He was a tremendous young man that was loved by his teammates and coaches, and Rebel Nation will never forget him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens family, his friends, our team and all those he touched during his life."

Mississippi Highway Patrol did not identify Stevens but told the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that the accident victim's truck hit the back of a semi that was crossing a four-lane highway in Chickasaw County, Miss.

"The driver of the pickup was killed on impact," Cpl. Chris Turnipseed told the Journal.

Stevens, 20, joined the Rebels as a walk-on this spring after two seasons at East Central Community College.

"I hate to talk in the past tense, because it hasn't sunk in yet. Park had such a magnetic personality. He didn't meet a stranger," former East Central coach Brian Anderson told the Clarion Ledger. "He was just an outstanding young man. He just had personality for days."