Former BYU RB Ryan Folsom killed in head-on collision on California highway
(KUTV) — Former BYU runningback Ryan Folsom, 29, was killed Sunday in a head-on collision while driving south on I-5 near Anderson, California.
Folsom played for the BYU Cougars in 2007 and 2010-11. He was born in Medford, Oregon and leaves behind two young sons and his wife, Lauren, who is expecting a child later this month. Folsom was training to be a physician and was traveling to attend multiple interviews for his residency program.
A number of Folsom's former teammates praised him on social media on Monday:
“Ryan embodied everything good about BYU football,” wrote former linebacker Brandon Ogletree. “He was smart, dedicated, competitive, tough, and one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met.”
“I vividly remember going up against Ryan back in 2007 every day at practice," wrote former linebacker David Nixon. "He had a huge smile any time you saw him. Prayers go out to his wife and kids and family.”
A 29-year-old woman from Red Bluff, California was driving north in the southbound lanes when she collided with Folsom's vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol. The woman suffered a broken leg, but survived the crash.
Folsom had 10 carries for 97 yards in his BYU career after a notable career at North medford High School in Oregon. He earned an Eagle Scout award and lettered in wrestling. Folsom served an LDS Church mission in Seoul, South Korea, and majored in neuroscience at BYU.
“If you talk about someone full of grit, integrity and high character, Ryan was every bit of that and more,” said former BYU defensive back Preston Hadley. “Heartbroken for his family after this tragic accident. RIP Brother.”
A crowdfunding campaign has been set up to help pay for funeral and other expenses: https://www.gofundme.com/ryan-folsom-memorial-fund.