Zach Attianese was a stand-out pitcher from New Jersey, set to continue his college career at Florida State. He and his father were tragically killed in a car accident in Michigan on Friday night.
Zach Attianese was just 20 years old. His father Jude, who Attianese's high school coach called "totally supporting of his son," was 61.
The tragic accident took place just before 11 p.m. on Friday night. From the Detroit Free Press:
Michigan State Police reports that the crash occurred just before 11 p.m. Friday on northbound I-75 near Dix Toledo Road. Preliminary investigation shows a commercial vehicle struck a passenger vehicle, killing a 61-year-old father and his 20-year-old son who were inside. The men were from New Jersey, and State Police did not release their names, though they did say family members have been notified.
The Bridgewater Courier News reports that multiple sources have identified the victims as a beloved New Jersey student-athlete Zach Attianese and his father, Jude. Zach was a s State College of Florida, and was going to continue his promising career at Florida State University.
Zach Attianese began his college baseball career at North Carolina, and played last season at State College of Florida.
From there, he was set to finish his college career at Florida State. He was on the radar of Major League Baseball as well.
Florida State head coach Mike Martin put out a statement after Attianese was identified as one of the victims. Via the Bridgewater Courier News:
“Our prayers go out to Zach's mom Natalie and his sisters, Ashley and Sabrina, as they endure this heartbreaking tragedy," said legendary Florida State University head coach Mike Martin, the winningest head coach in NCAA Division I baseball history. "Zach was a wonderful young man with a bright future that was sadly stripped away. We will continue to have the Attianese family in our thoughts.”
Our thoughts go out to the Attianese family, and every one else impacted by this tragedy.