COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A 3-car accident on Buena Vista Road on Monday has claimed the life of a high school baseball coach.
The Muscogee County Coroner's office confirmed that David Pollard, 36, a baseball coach at Carver High School, was killed during the accident. His cause of death is blunt force trauma, pending an autopsy.
The accident occurred on Buena Vista Road near Andrews Road shortly before 2 p.m. on Monday.
Three vehicles were involved in the accident, according to police on scene. One of the cars involved, an Audi, had been stolen prior to the accident. The Audi ran a red light and crashed into the Chevy Malibu driven by Pollard. Another car, a Chevy Silverado, was bumped by the Malibu. CPD confirmed that the stolen car was being pursued by police in a chase.
The suspect in the stolen Audi fled on foot. The suspect has been described as a black male in his early 20s, approximately 6'1" and about 145 pounds with dreadlocks. Police also say he's likely sustained injuries from the accident.
The baseball game between LaGrange and Carver scheduled for Monday has been canceled.
Pollard, who had been at Carver since 2013, was a special education teacher as well as a football and baseball coach with the school.
"The campus is just heavy right now," said Stephan Lawrence, English teacher at Carver High. "News broke at the end of the school day, it's just a real heavy feeling."
On Monday afternoon, Valerie Fuller, Director of Communications for the Muscogee County School District, released the following statement.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Pollard family. David Pollard was a dedicated educator who will be missed by his family, students, colleagues and friends. Please also know, our Counseling Crisis Team, which is standard, has been activated to include professional School Counselors, School Psychologists and the Pastoral Institute to assist students and staff as needed.
The "David Pollard Memorial Fund" is available at Wells Fargo in the Tri-City area to raise funds for his 8-year-old daughter, Joy Pollard who attends Reese Road Elementary.
If you have any information on this case, you are asked to call Motor Squad/Hit and Run Investigations at (706)-225-4040.