EUGENE, Ore. - A former Oregon Duck softball player died in a car crash Thursday morning in Louisiana.
Geri Ann Glasco, 24, died when the driver of an 18-wheeler failed to slow down in a construction zone on Interstate 10, state troopers told KATC.
"Oregon Softball and the UO Athletics family is devastated to learn of the passing of Geri Ann Glasco, and we extend our deepest sympathies to Geri Ann's family, friends, and former teammates," the programs said in a statement. "Geri Ann was an amazing young woman who always had an extremely positive impact on everyone that she met. We were privileged to have Geri Ann as a member of the Duck family, and she will forever be in our hearts."
The news reverberated across college softball: Glasco had played for the Ducks and was the youngest daughter of Gerry Glasco, who coaches softball at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. She was working as a volunteer coach with her father prior to her death.
"We are devastated by this news, and are focused on supporting Coach Glasco and Vickie, their family and our softball program," Louisiana-Lafayette Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard said. "We all loved Geri Ann and the spirit she brought to the Ragin' Cajuns family while positively impacting our student-athletes. We are praying for the Glasco family during this remarkably difficult time."
The University said Glasco "was an active volunteer in the Eugene, Oregon, community as a student-athlete at the University of Oregon from 2015-16. Glasco worked at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Portland, Oregon, and also accumulated more than 300 volunteer hours helping in local elementary schools."
Glasco twice earned NFCA First Team All-Region honors for Oregon. Prior to joining the Ducks, she earned Southeastern Conference Co-Freshman of the Year at Georgia.
Troopers told KATC that the big rig first crashed into a pickup truck from behind, killing the driver of the smaller vehicle.
The impact pushed the pickup into Glasco's SUV, pushing it into the rear of another semi.
Glasco died at the scene.