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Madison College counselor killed in motorcycle crash


MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison College announced Wednesday that one of its counselors was killed in a Tuesday motorcycle crash near Amarillo, Texas.

On its web site, the Amarillo Globe-News reports 67-year-old Al Studesville, Jr. and his wife, 68-year-old Janet Studesville, died when the driver of a tractor trailer crossed the center line on U.S. Highway 54 and collided head-on with the Honda Goldwing the couple was riding.

The newspaper reports authorities as saying the couple died at the scene and the truck driver was not hurt.

Madison College VP for Student Development, Keith Cornille, sent the following statement to college employees:

 "It is with a heavy heart that I share with you that Al Studesville, counselor in the Counseling and College Success Department at Madison College, and his wife, Janet, were killed in a motorcycle accident yesterday afternoon near Amarillo, Texas.

The Amarillo Globe-News reports that a tractor trailer crossed the center line and struck Al's motorcycle head on.  Next-of-kin are still being notified and additional details are few at this point. But as a member of the Madison College family, we feel an obligation to share this news with you right away.
A big man with a warm heart, Al will long be remembered at Madison College for his good humor, hearty laugh, genuine interest in everyone he met and his gift for telling stories. He was an incredibly gracious man who clearly enjoyed his work. To say he changed the lives of tens of thousands of students during his 19 years at the College through his service as a counselor, and as a mentor to the Wiser Older Workers program for displaced adult workers, is not overstating his impact."

The couple's son, Eric, is the running backs coach for the NFL's Denver Broncos. The team released a statement following the news of his parents' deaths. It reads:

"Our most heartfelt condolences go to Eric Studesville and his entire family following the tragic loss of his parents, Al and Jan Studesville. We were devastated to learn of their passing today. Our thoughts and prayers are with Eric and his family, and our organization will support them however possible during this difficult time."
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