Tuesday, June 28th, 2011 at 12:58 pm  |  10 responses

Lorenzo Charles Dies In Car Accident

Lorenzo Charles, who scored the winning dunk for North Carolina State in the 1983 NCAA national championship game and went on to play in the NBA, died in a bus wreck on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina on Monday. From CNN:

“There were no passengers on board the bus with him, according to Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue. ‘Lorenzo left an indelible impact in sports lore that will never be forgotten, and while he will be forever remembered for his accomplishments at North Carolina State, the Atlanta Hawks family would like to extend heartfelt condolences to the Charles family after the news of his tragic death,’ said Dominique Wilkins, the Hawks’ vice president of basketball and a former teammate. ‘He was a great guy who was loved by his teammates, and taken away from us far too soon.’ Tire tracks at the scene showed the bus careened off the interstate, hitting branches and sustaining heavy damage to its front end, according to CNN affiliate WRAL-TV. Charles, 47, had been a driver for Elite Coach, a limo, charter bus and car service, for 10 years, WRAL reported.”

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  • alex80

    R.I.P. ….1st

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    there were no other passengers on the bus? wierd.
    also, he balled in my city in europe when i was really young, they said he was killin it.

  • Eddie1

    Damn lord. Why you gotta take another soul?

  • Riggs

    he was the driver of the bus so probably he was coming or going from dropping/picking up passengers. Also wtf @ alex80, one of the dumbest “1st” comments i’ve seen. ever.

  • bike

    Sad. Arguably the greatist winning shot in the history of college basketball. Hope your hoopin it up wherever you may be Charles.

  • http://slamonline.com Tracy


  • http://www.iowsports.com/ Blue

    That moment in 1983 was (for me) one of the worst sports moments I could ever remember watching, but no one deserves this. Rest in Peace champ…

  • David J. Moore, IV

    This is very sad to hear, but God has a plan for everyone. Coach V, make sure you welcome him with open arms when he gets to the heavenly gates. RIP

  • http://www.google.com/news BETCATS

    I met him once before. R.I.P.

  • WNDR

    Alex *&ck u and ur 1st. And ur ellipses too sucka