Sultan Oyeshile, a University of Maryland student, died early Saturday morning in a car accident according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Police say a car lost control and struck several trees on I-95 in Clarendon County, South Carolina. Three other passengers were taken to the hospital. One passenger was released while another underwent surgery Sunday morning. The third passenger was transferred to another hospital. Everyone in the vehicle was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
Oyeshile, 22, attended Damascus High School where he played running back for the school’s football team. The Clarksburg, Maryland native majored in community health and also served as a community assistant for UMD’s Department of Resident Life.
Fellow classmates and friends of Oyeshile are paying tribute to his life through Twitter. According to social media posts, Oyeshile and his friends were on their way to Panama City Beach to celebrate spring break.
— Jumoke✨ (@MokeCoke) March 13, 2016
We send our condolences to the family and loved ones of @Big_Sult . Truly a sad loss in the UMD community.
— Theta Theta K-A-Psi (@TNTNupes) March 12, 2016
We send our condolences and prayers to the family and friends of @Big_Sult may he rest in peace.
— Epsilon Psi Chapter (@UMDSigmas) March 12, 2016
— Arielle (@Okpara_A) March 13, 2016
— Karie (@keepcalmkarie0n) March 13, 2016
Our hearts and prayers go out to our fallen Terp @Big_Sult and his family. Rest in Paradise Bro.
— BLACKTERP (BSU) (@BlackTerp) March 13, 2016
I witnessed one of my brother's lose their life today and it still hasn't sunk in yet.
Love you bro @Big_Sult. Genuine as they come.
— Taé Hendrix ✞ (@DelanteCherry) March 13, 2016
Rest in Peace @Big_Sult . Look down on us. UMD will miss you for sure.
— Isaac Amillie (@AmillieTheGreat) March 12, 2016
My brother, my friend. RIP. not one day without a smile on your face. Our prayers are with you. God Bless you soul. pic.twitter.com/DjdGiL3NMa
— MackiedaColada (@MackiedaColada) March 13, 2016
It's so surreal. My first true love ? it's not supposed to end like this…
R.I.P to my baby always ❤️ @Big_Sult U'll always have my heart.
— 3005 (@DaniBeijing) March 12, 2016
One of Oyeshile’s tweets, sent a day before Saturday’s accident, has gained traction on social media.
"Don't wait for a good day. Get out and go have one"
— Ade. (@Big_Sult) March 11, 2016
Oyeshile was a huge Wizards fan and spoke to Pulsefeedz last April about the team’s success.
— Pulsefeedz (@pulsefeedz) March 14, 2016
Friends of Oyeshile have started a GoFundMe page to raise money for his family and help with funeral costs. Emily Hsieh, the creator of this fundraiser, went to high school with Oyeshile. Hsieh says Oyeshile was another member of her family and that she knows he would have done the same thing for her under the same circumstances.
“He was ALWAYS there for me if I ever needed him even if we didn’t talk for months and I called him and needed something he was always there. That kid had one of the biggest hearts I’ve ever known.”
On behalf of everyone at Pulsefeedz, our condolences go out to the family and friends of Oyeshile.