Danielle Downey, a native of Spencerport, and a former LPGA golfer, has died as the result of a car crash Thursday night in Alabama.
She was 33. The Lee County Coroner tells WXXI News It happened around 10pm on Thursday in Auburn, Alabama, when Downey’s car went off the road, and overturned, ejecting her. Coroner Bill Harris says it appears Downey was not wearing a seatbelt, but the investigation is still ongoing.
Harris does note that the roads in that area have not been in good shape recently due to some snow and ice. He says Downey died after suffering multiple injuries in the crash.
Downey most recently was director of operations for Auburn University Golf. She had played golf at Auburn from 1999 through 2003 and then went on to play in the LPGA.
A statement on the Spencerport School District website says the entire Spencerport community is heartbroken from the loss of Danielle Downey, a 1999 graduate of Spencerport High School.
Counselors are being made available to staff and coaches. Officials say her mother still works in the school district there.
Athletic Director John Pelin said, “Spencerport has lost not only an outstanding student athlete but also an amazing person. Danielle has constantly given back to our school, athletic program and community through the years, and was always the first to give credit to others and not herself.”