Motorcycle Accident Claims Life of Football Student-Athlete
Sept. 25, 2014

Tuberville Radio Show Comments
 (Courtesy 700 WLW AM)

- University of Cincinnati student-athlete Chamoda Kennedy-Palmore (Cincinnati, Ohio/Lakota East) was killed in a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon. He was 19-years old. 

Kennedy-Palmore, a non-scholarship redshirt-freshman running back, was in his second year with the football team. He was recently part of a school-start tryout group of players who joined the team following the season opener against Toledo on September 12. 

"Our football program and University has suffered another great tragedy," Head Coach Tommy Tuberville said. "I'm a father first and a coach second and it's always hard to put your thoughts into words during times like these. Chamoda was a talented non-scholarship player and a key member of our scout teams. He worked hard and earned his spot on the roster. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

The Cincinnati Police Department said the accident occurred near the intersection of Forest Avenue and Vine Street shortly after 1:30 p.m.

Police said Kennedy-Palmore's motorcycle was southbound on Vine when a sport utility vehicle going west on Forest turned north on Vine, then left across the southbound lanes into a parking lot in the path of the motorcycle.

Kennedy-Palmore was taken to UC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Kennedy-Palmore was wearing a helmet and appropriate protective equipment.

Kennedy-Palmore's family released a statement Thursday evening saying, "The family of Chamoda wishes to express their gratitude for the outpouring of prayers from UC Bearcat teammates and the athletic department as well as the valiant efforts of UC Medical Center staff to save Chamoda's young life. The family's grief is immense. They are requesting family and friends refrain from any social media postings and for media to respect their privacy during this time."

The team was informed of the tragic accident following practice Thursday. UC is still scheduled to face Ohio State at 6 p.m. ET Saturday in Columbus. The Buckeyes announced late Thursday night they would hold a moment of silence in Kennedy-Palmore's honor before the UC-OSU game.

Director of Athletics Mike Bohn confirmed the University of Cincinnati and the department of athletics will provide all necessary support to the family.