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Tennessee Volleyball Player Loses Legs As Unlicensed Driver Runs Through Yield Sign

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This representation photo shows a blue police siren as an unlicensed driver caused a Tennessee volleyball player to ampituate her legs. (Photo by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)

A Tennessee volleyball player lost both legs in a terrible collision caused by an unlicensed driver who ran a yield sign over the weekend.

At about 9 p.m. on Saturday, Janae Edmondson, 16, finished the first day of her volleyball tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, and was on her way to her hotel when a car crashed into her and her parents. 

“A driver drove through a yield sign and struck a car. That car struck Janae,” her team, Mid TN Volleyball Club, said on Facebook.

Janae was taken by ambulance to the hospital with serious wounds. 

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This is a photo representation showing police lights and caution tapes as a Tennessee volleyball player lost her legs due to an unlicensed driver. (Photo via

Jeff Wismer, assistant director of the Mid TN Volleyball Club, told KMOV that medical professionals had to amputate the volleyball players’ legs.

KSDK article, citing Wismer, said the Tennessee volleyball player just recently committed to play the game in college.

According to a statement posted on the club’s website and a GoFundMe page for the wounded adolescent, Edmondson was going to a hotel with her family when she was hit by the automobile. 

On Twitter, a neighborhood organization by the name of “Citizens for a Greater Downtown St. Louis” posted a video of the collision that seems to show the Audi traveling at a high rate of speed. 

The parents of the volleyball player took the teenager to the hospital, reports said. Although her injuries are “serious.” her health has stabilized. 

Before Edmondson can be moved safely to another hospital, she must remain in St. Louis for at least four weeks, according to Rhonda Ross, owner and director of the Mid-TN Volleyball Club.

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Unlicensed Driver Hits Tennessee Volleyball Player

People Magazine said that officials took Daniel Riley, the 21-year-old accused driver, into custody after hitting the Tennessee volleyball player and her parents using a car on Saturday.

According to the report, Riley has been charged with several counts of assault and one count of driving a vehicle without a valid driver’s license

Riley was allegedly under home arrest and wearing a GPS tracking device after being detained in 2020 on suspicion of an armed robbery.

Since July 18, 2022, he has broken the rules of his monitoring system more than 40 times, according to records.

A judge made the decision to keep him out of prison after learning about the offenses, according to a representative for the circuit attorney’s office. 

Police said they are still looking into the incident involving the Tennessee volleyball player.

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