Former University of Miami football player Jojo Nicolas died one day after being critically injured in a car crash early Tuesday morning.
Nicolas’ brother, Abner Davis, announced his brother's death Wednesday night outside of Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was also joined by UM head coach Al Golden.
“The University of Miami community has suffered a deep loss with the passing of JoJo Nicolas,” Golden said in a statement released by Miami. “For all of us who were fortunate to know JoJo—to coach him, teach him, play alongside him or simply befriend him—we will forever carry his memory with us. Our prayers go out to his family and his loved ones and he will always be a cherished member of our family.”
Nicolas, 24, played defensive back for the Hurricanes from 2007-2011.
“The entire University of Miami family mourns the loss of JoJo Nicolas, who passed away earlier this evening,” Miami athletic director Blake James said in a statement. “JoJo was a valued member of our community, our school, and our football program and his loss is devastating to everyone he touched. On behalf of the University, I send our prayers to JoJo’s family, friends and teammates. He will forever be part of The U.”
The accident occurred on MacArthur Causeway early Tuesday morning when Nicolas’ Lexus crashed into the back of a semi-trailer truck and got wedged underneath the vehicle.
The Miami Beach Police said it was too early to determine whether alcohol or speed were causing factors in the crash.
“Those could be contributing factors. It’s still part of the investigation,” Miami Beach detective Vivian Hernandez said on Tuesday. “They took measurements and that will take a little bit of time.”
During his senior year at UM, Nicolas received the team’s Melching Leadership Award. He started 12 games for the Hurricanes, finishing third on the team with 66 tackles and two interceptions.
Nicolas was also a former standout at Homestead Senior High, where he was rated one of the top 20 players in the state of Florida by Scout.com. After he graduated from UM he was signed as an undrafted free agent by the New York Giants.