Former Timberline High three-sport athlete Aaron Edwards was killed Friday night when the car he was driving collided with the back of semi-truck near Spokane. The 26-year-old was on his way to Hoopfest, an annual 3-on-3 outdoor basketball tournament.
According to the Washington State Patrol, Edwards was traveling eastbound on Interstate 90 late Friday night when he struck the semi-truck, driven by 56-year-old Vladamir Ogay, who slowed his speed because of traffic congestion in a construction area. Edwards was the only person in the four-door sedan he was driving.
Edwards graduated from Timberline in 2005 where he played football, basketball and track and field. As a senior, he ran the third leg of the Blazers all-senior Class 3A state champion 4x100 relay team (42.82 seconds), which included current Carolina Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart, Jaron Taylor and Steve Bacon. The state title relay team came after a runner-up state finish in 2004 (42.91).
Timberline track and field coach Todd Taylor said Edwards showed amazing growth his final three years, focusing on all three jumps triple jump, long jump, and high jump as well as 4x100 relay.
As he matured, he really found himself and was a good fit with those guys, Taylor aid. All four who ended up on the relay were Division I-caliber guys.
After high school, Edwards spent a year as a track and field student-athlete at Saint Martins University before transferring to Eastern Washington.