ODA graduate dies in traffic accident in Miami

A former star athlete and Homecoming king at Out-of-Door Academy was killed early Sunday after being hit by a car near the University of Miami campus.

Taylor William Emmons, 19, a 2009 graduate of Out-of-Door Academy in Lakewood Ranch and a sophomore at UM, was struck by a Toyota SUV at 1 a.m., Coral Gables Police say.

Emmons, whose Facebook page says he expected to graduate UM in 2013, was on San Amaro when he was struck by a 2000 silver Toyota Four Runner traveling southbound. Emmons, who lived in Coral Gables, suffered critical injuries and was taken to Doctor’s Hospital, where he later died.

Police say the Four Runner was driven by a 39-year-old Miami woman.“This crash is under investigation,” said Coral Gables Police Officer Kelly Denham.

Mike Emmons, Taylor’s brother, said “there are no words one can write which fully encapsulate the impact Taylor has had on his friends and family.

“Taylor was a smart, caring and fun young man who always put the needs and feelings of others before his,” Mike Emmons wrote in a statement to the Miami Herald.

Mike said his brother, who was majoring in entrepreneurship in UM’s business school, was a talented athlete, especially in baseball and golf. During his senior season in 2009, he was co-captain of ODA’s baseball team, which made it to the regional finals.

Emmons also was selected as Homecoming king during his senior year.

“He left everyone he met with the feeling that they were not only accepted but appreciated,” Mike Emmons said. “Never one to pass up a good time, he was always the life of the party, leaving all who met him with the impression that he was a genuinely nice, genuinely fun person to be around.”