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N.Y. Basketball Player Dies in Crash

January 2, 2004

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) _ A van carrying a Long Island high school basketball team veered off a highway and hit a tree, killing one player and injuring eight other people.

The 15-passenger van also was carrying coaches and supporters of the Our Savior New American School in Centereach, N.Y., from a tournament in Delaware to another in Charlotte.

The accident happened Wednesday on Highway 150 just outside Salisbury, about 30 miles north of Charlotte.

The Rev. Ronald Stelzer, the headmaster of Our Savior and its basketball coach, told the Salisbury Post that the player killed was Kevin Mormin, an 18-year-old, 7-foot-3 center from France.

Four of Stelzer’s children were injured, including his 22-year-old daughter, Emily Elizabeth Stelzer, who was driving the van. She and two others were treated and released from Rowan Regional Medical Center, hospital spokeswoman Zandra Spencer said.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged Emily Stelzer with misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving left of center. She was released under a $1,000 unsecured bond and scheduled to appear in court Feb. 24, a magistrate said.

The basketball team was headed to Charlotte to play in the Dell Curry High School Basketball Shootout.

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