Erica Greif, 23-year-old student at the University of Nevada, Reno, was killed in a car crash early Wednesday. Greif was a nutrition and dietetics major set to graduate this spring, and worked as a barista at Bibo Coffee Co.

A competitive cyclist, Greif was en route to the Redlands Bicycle Classic in Highland, California. According to a report by Southern California news outlet Bakersfield Now, the crash occurred just after midnight on Highway 395 in Ridgecrest, California.

Greif was a member of the ZOCA-Halo Sports Hedrick Women’s Racing Team, and was driving throughout Tuesday night after taking an exam at UNR in order to participate in a race Wednesday morning.

Martin Santos, Greif’s team coach, commemorated her in a Facebook post earlier today.

“This is devastating news to me, her family, friends and team mates [sic],” Santos wrote. “Words cannot express the sadness and emptiness of my/our feelings of her loss.”

The staff of The Nevada Sagebrush sends its condolences to those affected by this loss to our campus and community.

The Nevada Sagebrush news desk can be contacted at cboline@sagebrush.unr.edu.