Patrick Sibley killed after being hit by Orange Line Metro train
Updated: August 19, 2013 - 01:50 pm
George Mason University has identified the man who was hit and killed by an Orange Line Metro train Sunday morning as a member of the school's men's volleyball team.
Patrick Sibley, a 21-year-old senior who joined the Patriots volleyball team before last season, was killed at about 2 a.m. Sunday while walking on the Orange Line tracks between Ballston and East Falls Church.
The Natick, Mass. native was named the all-league by the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association in his first season at George Mason, during which helped lead the Patriots to the EIVA semifinals.
"In a brief period of time he quickly developed into a dominant volleyball player," Patriots head volleyball coach Fred Chao said in a statement. "However, it was his love for his teammates and friends that shined the brightest."
George Mason AD Tom O'Connor said that the campus community was "deeply saddened" to hear of Sibley's death.
Authorities have not said why Sibley was on the tracks at the time of the crash.
"Every single one of his teammates considered him a dear friend," David Lucas, a Patriots senior and teammate, said on gomason.com. "He always put those around him first, and he had a loving heart that will never be equaled nor forgotten."