FRANKLIN COUNTY - The head men's basketball coach for Patrick Henry Comminity College was killed in a crash Wednesday night in Franklin County.
Kenneth David Wade, 45, of Rocky Mount, was driving a Chevrolet Tahoe on Briarpatch Lane when a mechanical failure caused the SUV to run off the right side of the road and turn over, state police said.
When Wade tried to get out of the SUV, which was unstable, it pinned him. Wade died at the scene, state police say.
The crash remains under investigation. It happened at 11:20 p.m. on Briarpatch Lane, two miles west of Route 724 in Franklin County.
On the Patrick Henry website, Wade's bio is full of accomplishments:
"Wade has produced numerous first-team all-region players and one NJCAA all-American. In the 2007 and 2008 seasons, Wade served as an assistant coach for the Patriots, helping them finish with an 18-0 regular season record during their first season in the NJCAA.
Prior to PHCC, he was an assistant at Notre Dame Academy in Middleburg, where his team won the VIS state title. Wade had a strong career as a shooting guard at Franklin County High, receiving numerous all-conference awards. He played collegiately at Mount Aloysius, then a D-1 junior college"