Last Updated on September 25, 2023, 3:48 pm
Jake Boykin, a graduate of Centennial High School in Las Cruces and a Ph.D. student at Florida State University, New Mexico, passed away in a collision this morning while bicycling in Tallahassee, Florida.
The accident occurred on Saturday, September 22, at around 7 p.m. near Wacissa, Florida, near the park entrance on Wacissa Springs Road. Law enforcement was called to the site of a collision between a car and a cyclist. Due to the collision’s injuries, Jake was declared deceased.
The driver escaped the scene but was eventually apprehended. While they waited for EMS to arrive, Jake prayed with a local clergyman. Due to his serious injuries, Jake had to be flown to a hospital in Tallahassee by helicopter, where he passed away from his wounds.
An approaching vehicle that police claim was under the influence of alcohol struck and killed the Texas Tech Cycling teammate and member of the FSU Cycling Club. The cycling communities in Florida, New Mexico, and Texas mourn the loss of Jake’s death.
Gabrielle K. Gabrielli confirmed his death news and wrote in his statement that a selfish person killed him;
“Where is the fury now? Where are the media reports? I keep coming back to Jake in my thoughts. I’m providing what I believe to be the truth from trustworthy sources due to the lack of correct information surrounding this self-centered and senseless act of taking Jake Boykin’s life by someone who chose to drive while intoxicated, hit Jake while riding his bicycle, and fled.
In Wacissa, Florida, a selfish person killed Jake while they were both driving drunk. The offender, who was from out of town and may have been Perry, ran from the scene but was apprehended. Driving while intoxicated is a terrible and preventable crime. This young man should be alive now, and his loved ones shouldn’t lament his passing.”
Authorities are still looking into the collision and will provide more information as they do. Today, one of the other Red Raiders passed away. Cycling enthusiasts were shocked and devastated to learn of the awful death this morning.
Thoughts and Condolences to his family, friends, and community in this trying time. Jake’s funeral and burial customs have not been disclosed yet.
Who was Jake Boykin?
According to Gabrielle’s statement, Jake Boykin was born on January 28, 1998. He was 25 years old and a Ph.D. at Florida State University studying muscular physiology.
He represented FSU in this past spring’s Collegiate Time Trial National Championship. He had a promising future and was intelligent, charitable, witty, joyful, and enthusiastic.
Jake won the 2023 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championship while riding for FSU Cycling. On September 24, he was supposed to compete with Team Velo Cycling in Six Gap in North Georgia. They paid tribute to his memory instead.
Jake received his Bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College and his Master of Science in Kinesiology from Texas Tech in 2022. He participated in the Gustavus Adolphus football team. Jake attended Centennial High School in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he was a football player and graduated.
According to all reports, Jake had a contagious sense of optimism and a large network of devoted friends and family. All of his family members, including his sister Chae and parents Ken Boykin and Kim Boykin, two educators, are devastated by his passing.
Social media have been flooded with sympathies and tributes on Jake’s demise; his legacy will always endure, and his loved ones will always remember him. Prayers for the young man. Rest in Peace, Jake Boykin.
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