In a 11:46 pm statement on Saturday, July 9, 2022, Tormenta FC 2 confirmed Carter Payne, 20, had died from injuries sustained in a hit-and-run accident in Statesboro, hours earlier.

The full statement is below:

“South Georgia Tormenta FC are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Tormenta FC 2 defender David Carter Payne. Carter passed away today, July 9. A member of Tormenta FC 2’s 2022 USL League Two team, Payne was a tremendous athlete, teammate and friend, and he will be sorely missed by everyone involved at the club. Carter was hospitalized at Memorial Health: Southeast Georgia Hospital after being involved in a vehicle, pedestrian accident in Statesboro, Georgia. Carter’s family, friends and the entirety of Tormenta Nation are grieving today.”

The Carter Payne Fund

South Georgia Tormenta FC and the Ibis Foundation have announced the formation of The Carter Payne Fund, established in memory of David Carter Payne, a member of the 2022 USL League Two team.

The Ibis Foundation will accept donations in memory of Carter, which will go to the family and to funding a new Carter Payne Scholarship, in which one TFC Academy player’s team and uniform fees will be covered each year, starting with the TFC Academy’s 2023 season.

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The Accident

At 1:28 AM Saturday, July 9, 2022, Bulloch County 911 dispatched Bulloch County EMS to 620 Fair Road, directly across from the Food World grocery store, for a Lime electric scooter accident. Statesboro Police officers were on the scene and reported the male victim was unresponsive.

Bulloch EMS transported the 20 year old male to EGRMC in critical condition. They reported that the man had been hit by a car while riding a lime scooter.

At 2:06 AM Bulloch EMS was requested to transport the man to the regions level one trauma center, Memorial Medical Center, in Savannah. EGRMC had requested Air Evac to transport him, but due to weather they were unable to fly.

Because of his critical condition, Air Evac’s crew assisted Bulloch EMS’s paramedics with the ground transport to Savannah.

According to officials, Payne was crossing the five lane Fair Road at Food World on a Lime scooter when he was hit by a car. The driver of the car left the scene.

Georgia State Patrol is in charge of the accident.

Anyone with information on the accident should contact GSP at 912-688-6999 or SPD at 912-764-9911 or submit an anonymous tip to tips@statesboroga.gov.

Grice Connect extends our condolences to the Payne family, his friends and teammates.

DeWayne Grice

Herschel DeWayne Grice is the founder of Grice Connect an online news and information company in Statesboro, Georgia. DeWayne has been active in the media for over three decades. He brings a unique insight...