Former BYU running back killed in car accident

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Ashleigh Cropper
Former BYU running back Ryan Folsom was killed Jan. 7 in a car accident. Folsom is survived by his two sons and his wife, Lauren, who is expecting their third child. (Ashleigh Cropper)

Former BYU running back Ryan Folsom was killed in a car accident on Jan. 7.

Folsom was driving south on Interstate 5 in California to an interview for a medical residency position when a car driving the wrong direction collided head-on with his car.

Folsom leaves behind his two sons and his wife, Lauren, who is expecting their third child later this month.

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Ryan Folsom plays in the BYU vs. Ole Miss football game on Sept. 3, 2011. Folsom was a running back for the 2007, 2010 and 2011 seasons. (BYU Football)

Folsom was a Cougar running back for the 2007, 2010 and 2011 seasons. Folsom still holds the record for “the 8th-longest run from scrimmage in BYU history,” according to a Twitter post by Greg Wrubell.

Many former BYU football players have shown their love and support to Folsom and his family over social media.

 

Former BYU defensive lineman Vic So’oto shared his condolences on Twitter.

“Heartbreaking news. Ryan never had a bad day. He was always happy and worked his (butt) off. The Folsom family will be in our thoughts and prayers,” said So’oto.

Long-time family friend Ian Cropper created a gofundme page to help support Folsom’s wife and children. So far, well over the $200,000 goal has been raised in support of the family.

“(Ryan) loved the Avengers and anything super-hero related, perhaps because he loved the idea of filling that role in any capacity. He loved being the superhero for his two boys, he loved the idea of being a doctor and saving lives,” Cropper said. “He looked in your eyes when you talked to him, and had a laugh that made you feel like you were the funniest person in the world.”

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