Spencerport grad and former local LPGA golfer dies in crash

Updated: 01/31/2014 6:16 PM
Created: 01/31/2014 9:16 AM WHEC.com

Spencerport High School graduate and former LPGA golfer 33-year-old Danielle Downey was killed Thursday night in a one-vehicle crash. It happened on Lee Road 57 in the state of Alabama.

Police say Downey was northbound when she lost control of her vehicle, left the road and was ejected from her vehicle. Investigators say she was not wearing a seatbelt.

According to police, weather was not a factor in the crash.

Before her death, Downey served as the Director of Operations for Auburn University Golf.

The Spencerport school district issued a statement saying, "The entire Spencerport community is heartbroken from the loss of Danielle Downey, a 1999 graduate of Spencerport High School, who died in a car accident in Auburn, AL, last night.

Counselors are available to our staff and coaches, as Danielle's influence on our district has touched many lives, and her mother still works in our schools.

While at Spencerport, Danielle was a highly successful student-athlete on the basketball and golf teams. She was named an All Greater Rochester athlete in basketball, and received the Spencerport Sports Booster Club award and the Selander award as the senior academic athlete of the year, as well as the outstanding senior athlete. After graduating from Spencerport, she received a golf scholarship to attend Auburn University.

Athletic Director John Pelin said, "Spencerport has lost not only an outstanding student athlete but also an amazing person. Danielle has constantly given back to our school, athletic program and community through the years, and was always the first to give credit to others and not herself.

"Danielle is one of the best student- athletes in our history at Spencerport. She was the most competitive and mentally tough athlete that I have seen in my 35 years. It's difficult to grasp when a person is taken from us so tragically and young, and we are all so proud of her success and contributions to our Ranger family."

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Downey family at this difficult time."


Credit: AuburnTigers.com

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