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Archive for Thursday, October 26, 2000

Football writer killed in hit-and-run accident

October 26, 2000

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— Steve Schoenfeld, a longtime national football writer, was killed Tuesday night by a hit-and-run driver.

Schoenfeld, 45, was leaving Arizona State University when he was struck by a car while crossing four-lane Mill Avenue on the southwest corner of the campus.

Witnesses described the vehicle as a light-colored, four-door sedan, but police said no one got the license number.

Schoenfeld sustained head and other injuries and died instantly.

The university said the Tempe resident was on the campus to attend a panel discussion and tribute to former UPI White House correspondent Helen Thomas in Gammage Memorial Auditorium.

Schoenfeld often made guest appearances on TV talk shows, but was in the audience this time.

"We've lost a true professional, a colleague and a friend," assistant athletic director Mark Brand said. "He was a good guy, and we will miss him."

Funeral arrangements were pending, but Brand said the university was setting up a memorial service in its basketball arena and planning a moment of silence before its football game with Oregon on Saturday.

Schoenfeld is survived by his wife, Robin, who was in El Paso, Texas, on a business trip when the accident occurred.

A former president of the Pro Football Writers Association of America, Schoenfeld was nationally known for his coverage of the NFL.

Schoenfeld was a 1977 graduate of Kansas University.

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