UT Martin mourns sudden loss of rodeo student-athlete
MARTIN, Tenn. — The University of Tennessee at Martin is mourning the loss of a rodeo student-athlete.
Wyatt Cole, 20, an agriculture business major from Owenton, Kentucky, passed away Sunday evening, according to the university.
“Wyatt was a super good kid with a great attitude,” UT Martin head rodeo coach John Luthi said in a post on the UTM Sports website. “He had a hard work ethic and came from a great family. Our prayers go out to his family — he will be missed.”
According to a report from the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Cole was killed in a one-vehicle crash that occurred around 9 p.m. Sunday on Three Point Road in Martin.
The report says Cole was traveling southbound in a 1998 Toyota Avalon when the vehicle drove off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.
Cole was not wearing a seat belt, according to the report.