Westminister, Calif.-Former San Jose State softball pitcher Deanna Mauer died Wednesday evening, April 27, after being rear-ended in a multi-car crash in Southern California. Mauer was just 23-years-old.
According to the Orange County Coroner's Office and reported by the Orange County Register, Ms. Mauer was rear-ended on the 405 Freeway Wednesday morning. She was rear-ended by a car that had failed to stop for the slowed traffic, according the California Highway Patrol. Ms. Mauer was forced into a Porsche in front of her and ended up in the center divider.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Ms. Mauer pitched the 2008 and 2009 seasons at San Jose State after pitching two seasons at Central Arizona College. She holds the school record for strikeouts in a game with 15 in a game against Saint Mary's in 2008. Ms. Mauer ranks sixth all-time in strikeouts with 223 in just two seasons.
"Deanna was a fierce competitor for us and had a large heart," said Spartan head coach Peter Turner who recruited Deanna to San Jose State. "This is just an unbelievably sad time for her family and the Spartan softball program."
Ms. Mauer's funeral will be held this Thursday, May 5, at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Huntington Beach at 2 p.m. Her burial will follow at Good Shepard Cemetary. Friends may pay their respects to her family Wednesday at the Dilday Funeral Home in Huntington Beach from 5-9 p.m.
The Spartans will honor Ms. Mauer this weekend, May 6-7, when the team hosts Hawaii for a three-game series at SJSU Field.
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