Auburn's director of golf operations dies in vehicle crash

spedersen@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 31, 2014 

Danielle Downey, director of operations for Auburn University golf, died Thursday night after wrecking her vehicle, according to the Lee County coroner.

Downey, 33, was traveling north on Lee Road 57 when she lost control of the vehicle, left the roadway and overturned several times before being ejected from her 2011 Hyundai Sonata, according to the release. Downey was transported via Lifesaver air ambulance to the East Alabama Medical Center, but she was pronounced dead on arrival at 10:58 p.m. CST.

The coroner said she died from a massive head injury and multiple blunt force impact injuries.

The Alabama Department of Public Safety reported Friday that seat belts were not used and weather is not believed to be a factor in the cause of the crash.

Downey, a former LPGA golfer, played at Auburn from 1999-2003, earning All-American honors in 2000, 2002 and 2003. She played in the LPGA for a few years before returning the the Plains.

She stepped in as interim head coach of the women's golf team during the 2012-13 season when head coach Kim Evans was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.

Officials said in the release the accident remains under investigation by Opelika Post of the Alabama State Troopers and the Lee County Coroner’s Office.

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