COLUMBIA — Three Marching Mizzou members were involved in a car accident on Sunday in eastern Oklahoma while on their way home from Texas.
One student was killed in the accident and another died Monday as a result of injuries. The third was hospitalized and released.
Jeremy Porter, 19, was killed when the car he was driving went off the right side of the road and hit a tree, according to a release from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
Porter had not yet declared a major in the College of Arts and Science. He was from Independence and would have been a sophomore this fall. He graduated from William Chrisman High School and played alto saxophone in Marching Mizzou.
Sean Radcliff, 20, died Monday afternoon after being transported to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa in critical condition.
Radcliff also played alto sax in Marching Mizzou and was a music education major at MU.
Passenger Ryan Iadanza was taken to Muskogee Regional Medical Center in stable condition on Sunday. Hospital officials said he was released Monday.
Iadanza is also a music major who plays clarinet in the band.
Porter and Radcliff were very active in Phi Mu Alpha, a music fraternity. They were in Texas to see a fraternity brother, Gunnar Grantham, graduate from basic training.
Ryan Gavin, a 2007 MU graduate and friend of the two, said they went down to see the graduation because that is the kind of friends they were. He described them as “fiercely loyal friends.”
“They would do whatever they could to support another brother, and Gunnar was very close to them,” Gavin said. “They were down there at this big moment for Gunnar because they were there for him, and they were there for all of us all the time.”
A mutual friend, Katelyn Amen, said the two were very passionate about Marching Mizzou and the fraternity.
“For both of them, band and Phi Mu Alpha were their lives, I think,” Amen said.
The collision occurred at about 8:05 p.m. on U.S. Highway 69, approximately four miles south of Muskogee, Okla., according to the release. The cause of the collision is still under investigation.
The driver's side door of the car hit a tree, and the impact killed Porter, the driver, according to a news release. The car was wrapped around the tree.