Former NC State Basketball Hero Dies in Bus Accident


Former NC State basketball hero Lorenzo Charles died Monday afternoon in a bus accident on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was 47 years old.

There were no other vehicles involved in the bus accident. Tire tracks in the grass indicate that the bus veered off the highway before hitting branches which severely damaged the front end of the vehicle. Charles was the only person in the bus at the time of the accident, and he was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities are still investigating the cause.

Charles worked for Elite Coach for the last ten years. The company operates limos and charter buses. He was driving to Durham to pick up passengers at the time of the bus accident. A spokesperson for Elite Coach said that all drivers must pass a medical exam as terms of employment.

For many college basketball fans in North Carolina, Lorenzo Charles will always be remembered for making the game winning slam dunk in the 1983 NCAA finals. Charles’ shot created an unlikely champion in NC State. They defeated the Houston Cougars, a heavily favored team with two future NBA Hall of Famers named Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler.

Charles played with the Atlanta Hawks in 1985 and 1986 before continuing his basketball career in Europe for 12 years. He had been living in the Raleigh, North Carolina area since retiring from basketball. Charles will be sorely missed by family, friends, and fans.