Long Beach St. loses student-athlete
Gillett passed away after single car auto accident
Members of the Long Beach State athletic community says goodbye to one of their own on Friday.
Funeral services will be today in Whittier, Calif, for Cameron Gillett, a long jumper and a runner on the men’s track and field team, who died May 6 in a single car auto accident.
Gillett apparently fell asleep behind the wheel while driving from Long Beach to his home in Norwalk, leading to the accident. His friends and coaches were unanimous and insistent that he abstained from alcohol or recreational drug use.
According to the Long Beach Press Telegram, Gillett, and his mother, Eileen Neal, had exchanged texts around midnight before the accident. He was checking in to let her know that he was having a late dinner of tacos with several teammates.
Gillett, who came to LBSU as a jumper and was one of the 49ers' top performers in the long jump, had become a conference contender in the 400-meter. Recently, Gillett won the long jump at the Big West Challenge, and had a season-best 48.35 in the 400m. Last season he placed sixth overall in the long jump at the Big West Championships with a collegiate-best 23-05.50.
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