The San Joaquin Delta College community is reeling from the devastating loss of one of its own—an 18-year-old water polo player who tragically lost her life in a weekend accident in Stockton.
The San Joaquin County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the young athlete as Makaela Crespin, a native of Stockton.
The heart-wrenching incident occurred when Crespin was involved in a two-car collision around 6:30 p.m. on a Sunday evening. The crash unfolded near the intersection of Baker Street and Park Street in Stockton. Despite the immediate efforts of medical personnel, Crespin succumbed to her injuries at a local hospital.
A spokesperson for Delta College has confirmed that Makaela Crespin was not just a student but also a member of the water polo team. Her dedication to the sport and her vibrant personality left an indelible mark on her teammates.
In a heartfelt tribute posted on Instagram, her fellow players remembered Crespin as a "bright light on the team" who possessed an "infectious smile." She was described as someone who "radiated so much positivity" and was known for her unwavering kindness.
"She was an amazing teammate and showed her love and kindness to everyone she met. She was a great prankster, bracelet maker, and had the best pajama pant collection. She touched the lives of so many people, and we are so glad that we at Delta got to spend so many hours and weekends with her," read the poignant Instagram post shared by Delta_womens_polo_swim.
The tragic loss of Makaela Crespin has sent shockwaves through the Delta College community, reminding everyone of the fragility of life. As students, faculty, and staff grapple with this profound loss, they come together to remember a young athlete who left an indelible impact both in and out of the pool.