Former UK basketball player among 2 killed in Taylorsville Rd. accident

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Posted on March 4, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 5 at 6:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- On Tuesday, the coroner identified the two people that died Monday night near Bowman Field in a car accident.

Police said ice caused the car to lose traction and crash into a utility pole Monday night, killing two people at the intersection of Taylorsville Road and Bettie Lane. 23-year-old Germina Cruz was a Central High School graduate and a current member of the dance team for the Xtreme Indoor Football League here in Louisville.

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“Germina was very upbeat. She had a great personality; very well-liked,” Xtreme’s general manager Victor Cole said.

The Xtreme's general manager remembers the young woman, whose teammates lovingly called "queen of the selfies" and put everyone in a good mood. He said the team is in shock that their friend is gone.

“It's a sisterhood to them. So, outside of just immediate family, the dance team is really taking it tough,” he said.

Cole said Cruz dreamed of becoming a professional dancer.

“I was able to help her do that this year, so it's unfortunate at the age of 23, she's gone too soon,” he said. 

The team plans to pay tribute to her at their next game.

“The next home game is March 16, and in her honor, we are actually going to have the players wear a pink heart on the helmets and Germina's initials,” Cole said. 

Friends said the other victim, 24-year-old Kerry Benson, was Cruz's boyfriend. Benson was behind the wheel. He also was a Louisville native -- a graduate of Pleasure Ridge Park High School. Benson was a walk-on for the University of Kentucky basketball team in 2007, according to their website. Up until this semester, he was taking classes at the University of Louisville.

A third passenger was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Funeral arrangements for Cruz and Benson are pending.

To donate to the Germina Cruz memorial fund, click here.
 

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