RoadRunners Grieving After Losing Teammate To Tragic Car Crash

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The Roadrunners community is reeling after the loss of one of its own. Team officials say Topeka Roadrunner Peter Halash brought a hardworking passion to the game.

19 year old peter Halash was shooting for his childhood dream, a college scholarship. Roadrunners head coach Scott Langer says the young Michigan native's story wasn't supposed to end this way.

Coach Langer said, "From an organizational standpoint this is as tragic as it could ever get. I often say I could write a book about junior hockey, but I guess I never thought something like this would have to be a chapter for me."

Shawnee County Sheriff's officers say Halash passed away Sunday evening when his Jeep left the road in the 4000 block of SE 21st and struck a tree.

It won't be easy to forget Halash's spirit on or off the ice but coach Langer feels the team can use this to honor the talented forward...

Coach Langer said, "We're gonna lean on each other and we'll never forget Pete. One thing I do know about Pete is that if he's looking down on us, he's gonna want us to be successful.

The accident is still under investigation, but authorities say icy roads and speed may have been factors.

The Shawnee County Coroner's office has positively identified the victim of a Sunday fatality car accident as Peter Halash.

19-year-old Halash died January 5th when his Jeep Cherokee hit a tree in the 4000 block of SE 21st Street sometime after 10:00 p.m.

The accident is still under investigation, but preliminary investigation at the scene indicates hazardous road conditions and speed may have been contributing factors in the crash.

Halash was a 2nd year forward for the Topeka Roadrunners. He was fourth on the team in scoring this year with seven goals and 13 assists.

Friends and former teammates have been posting their condolences and memories on social media throughout the day.