Former Michigan soccer player killed in Georgia hit-and-run

Former University of Michigan men’s soccer player Carter Payne was killed in a hit-and-run in Georgia on Saturday.

Payne, 20, who was playing for Tormenta FC 2′s 2022 USL League Two team in Statesboro, Georgia this season, died from injuries sustained when he was driving an electric scooter and hit by a vehicle, according to a statement from Tormenta FC.

According to a report from WTOC, the driver of the vehicle left the scene, and Payne, who joined the Wolverines in 2019 and played two seasons in Ann Arbor, was flown to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

“South Georgia Tormenta FC are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Tormenta FC 2 defender David Carter Payne,” Tormenta FC said in a statement. “A member of Tormenta FC 2’s 2022 USL League Two team, Payne was a tremendous athlete, teammate and friend, and he will be sorely missed by everyone involved at the club.”

Carter was hospitalized at Memorial Health: Southeast Georgia Hospital after being involved in a vehicle, pedestrian accident in Statesboro, Georgia. Carter’s family, friends and the entirety of Tormenta Nation are grieving today. ”

Carter Payne. (Photo used with permission from Michigan athletics)

Payne, a native of Phoenix, Ariz., Played in 10 games in 2019 for Michigan and made eight starts on defense. He received academic all-Big Ten honors in 2020.

“We are devastated to confirm the tragic loss of Carter Payne,” Michigan’s men’s soccer team released in a statement. “We grieve the loss of our brother, teammate and extraordinary student-athlete. We extend our hearts and love to his family at this extremely tragic time. ”

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