Brevard Soccer Star Perishes In Fiery Crash In St. Cloud

By  //  March 1, 2013

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Police Arrest Suspect Who Caused Accident

ST. CLOUD, FLORIDA – A fiery crash in St. Cloud took the lives of two teens from Brevard County, one a promising soccer player who helped lead Melbourne High School to a state championship a few years ago.

Rachel Price, 18, who helped lead Melbourne High School girls’ soccer team to consecutive state titles, has died in a fury car crash in St.Cloud. (Image courtesy of Floridagirlssoccer.com)

Sgt. Kim Montes of the Florida Highway Patrol said at 8:05 p.m. Thursday, a 2002 Ford pickup truck driven by Randall Kerley of St. Cloud, 47,  was headed east on U.S. Highway 192 in St. Cloud and entered the left turn lane.

Montes said 2003 Hyundai driven by Rachel Price of West Melbourne, 18, was traveling west on Highway 192 and was stopped at a traffic light at Old Melbourne Highway.

For an unknown reason, Kerley tried to make a left turn north on Highway 192 and traveled into the path of Price’s vehicle.

The front of Price’s Hyundai struck the right side of Kerley’s truck and caught fire, striking another vehicle, a 2007 Ford SUV driven by Patricia Will of St. Cloud, 45.

Randall Kerley, 47, was arrested by the Florida Highway Patrol and booked into the Osceola County Jail on two counts of DUI manslaughter. According to FHP officials, Kerley was almost at the twice the legal limit of impairment.

Both Price and her passenger, Jamaree Cook of Palm Bay, 19, were killed in the crash.

Neither Will nor Kerley were injured.

Rachel Price was a freshman at Eckerd College In St. Petersburg and was a standout forward on Melbourne High School girls’ soccer teams that won state championships in 2009 and 2010.

She was honored as the Most Valuable Player of the Class 6A state championship game  in 2009.

In addition, Price was a youth soccer star for Space Coast United and also competed for the U.S. Olympic Development Under-18 girls’ team.

Price was a freshman at Eckerd College In St. Petersburg and was a standout forward on Melbourne High School girls’ soccer teams that won state championships in 2009 and 2010.

In addition, Price was a youth soccer star for Space Coast United and also competed for the U.S. Olympic Development Under-18 girls’ team.

Price is survived by her father and mother, Donnie and Eva Price and two brothers, Ryan and Brandon Price.

Ryan Price also played soccer at Melbourne High and now competes in men’s college soccer for Florida Atlantic University.

Cook attended Melbourne High School and was a student at Brevard Community College at the time of his death.

Kerley was arrested at the scene for two counts of DUI manslaughter.

The crash remains under investigation by troopers.


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