A 21-year-old Forsyth County man was killed Sunday afternoon when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle in east Tennessee, authorities said.
According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, Evan Loggins was ejected from his Toyota 4-Runner at 4:54 p.m. on Interstate 40 east near Dandridge, Tenn.
Loggins veered to the right shoulder and then overcorrected, which caused the vehicle to flip, according to the highway patrol’s accident report.
Loggins, who the report said was not wearing a seatbelt, was thrown from the vehicle. His passenger, 18-year-old Alyssa Crum of Tennessee, suffered injuries in the wreck. She was wearing a seatbelt.
The state patrol said that neither drugs nor alcohol were thought to be involved in the accident.
Loggins was a 2009 graduate of Forsyth Central High, where he played football before attending Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn.
Jefferson City is just northwest of Dandridge, where the wreck occurred.
Zach Rogers, a former teammate at Forsyth Central, said Loggins was driving back to school from a dinner date with Crum, his girlfriend, when the crash happened.
Rogers said his friend was “one of the most popular guys in school [and] one of the funniest guys I’ve ever met.”
“The most I can say about Evan — the highest honor you can say about somebody — is that Evan was a man of God and just an extraordinary, selfless guy,” Rogers said. “You could see it on the field. You could see it in the locker room.”
The friends kept in touch via social media, through which Rogers enjoyed reading the positive Bible verses that Loggins would often share.
Coach Chris Bennett described Loggins as an “excellent young man.”
“He was a good football player,” Bennett said. “He loved life. He was always joking, always laughing.”
He loved his school too, said Bennett, adding that Loggins was one of the founding members of the Central Crazies, a group that attends Bulldog basketball games.
“He loved this place and this place loved him,” Bennett said. “Everybody thought as much about him as anybody else.”
Funeral services for Loggins are scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Ingram Funeral Home in Cumming. Interment will follow at Sawnee View Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 9 p.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. until the hour of service Thursday.
Bennett said friends, family and the Central community will gather at 8 p.m. Tuesday on the field for a candlelight vigil to remember Loggins.
“It’s a healing process,” Bennett said. “He was an important member of our family.”
Rogers helped organize the candlelight vigil to recognize his friend and show the family how much Loggins was loved.
“If anybody thinks Evan’s life was cut short, it wasn’t,” he said. “He lived life to the fullest, and people knew that.”
He played football for two seasons, but did not plan to participate in the program this season, college spokesman Mark Brown said.
Loggins, who was a sophomore in school credits, was pursuing a major in physical education.
According to his obituary, Loggins’ immediate survivors include: his parents, Eddie and Donna Loggins; sister, Erin Loggins; and two grandparents; and a great-grandfather.
Donations can be made to a memorial fund for Loggins, which has been set up at Citizens Bank, Veterans Memorial Boulevard in Cumming.