A kid with a shining future, one who worked hard in class, who seemed to have everything before him, died this weekend, and Bellaire High is grieving.
Tobi Oyedeji, 17, was set to play basketball for Texas A&M next year, but he died in a car accident early Sunday morning after texting his Dad he was on his way home. He had gone to his school's prom Saturday night, and then the official school-sponsored after-party at Dave & Buster's.
Oyedeji's car and a Jeep collided in the 14100 block of South Main around 6:15 Sunday morning after Oyedeji lost control of his vehicle. While people are speculating he might have fallen asleep, there is no official word on the accident.
HISD has sent grief counselors to Bellaire, and tributes are also being posted on a Facebook page.
"This is so horribly tragic," one says. "There are no words that can even begin to describe my sorrow for the Oyedji family. My thoughts and prayers go out to his immediate family and his friends and fellow students at BHS. From me and all my fellow Aggies, please know that we are thinking of you all. HERE."
Another said: "I got to know Tobi when we took Baptismal class together in church. He was such a nice, respectable guy. He had such a warmth to him, you can't help but like him. I cannot even imagine what the parents are going through right now; but I'll continue to pray to God to give your family the strenght to move on which is going to be really hard."
Texas A&M coach Mark Turgeon issued a prepared statement. "The world has lost a great kid today. Tobi epitomized the term 'student athlete.' He was a very good student. He worked hard in the classrooms and on the basketball court, and he was a terrific basketball player," Turgeon said.
Oyedeji, 6-9, 220, was a star forward for a Bellaire team that almost won the state title.
Here's the official HPD report on the accident; Oyedeji was driving the Toyota:
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The driver of a silver Toyota Avalon was traveling south on South Main when he failed to maintain a single lane and crossed over the grassy median and into oncoming traffic. He struck a green Jeep Patriot head-on and then struck a silver Honda Civic. The driver of the Toyota was transported to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead. The driver of the Jeep was pronounced dead at the scene and the driver of the Honda suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene.
Also dead from the accident was a 50-year-old woman, whose name was not released pending notification of relatives. The investigation is continuing, HPD says.
Update: The state champion Yates basketball team will play a benefit game against Bellaire Wednesday to raise funds for the funeral, HISD's Norm Uhl says:
HISD's Athletic Department is sponsoring a benefit basketball game this Wednesday at 7pm at Delmar Field House (2020 Mangum). The seniors from Bellaire's Baskeball Team and the seniors from Yates Basketball team will play an exhibition game to help raise money to help the family of Tobi Oyedeji pay for his funeral. Tickets are $5. at the door.