Where were you when Chris Street died?

Published: January 18 2013 | 12:01 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 10:15 am in

It was a moment that stopped you in your tracks.

On Jan. 19, 1993, Iowa basketball player Chris Street died after suffering fatal wounds in a traffic accident. He was 20 years old.

"If you lived it at the time, you understand it," said Mike Street, Chris' father. "I've had many people come up to me and say, 'I remember where I was, exactly what I doing, when he died.'

"At my age it was JFK. You remember it. It was shocking. For people in Iowa, it was that JFK moment."

I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I found out about Street's death. I was a 19-year-old freshman at Southeastern Community College living in my hometown of Burlington. I was shooting pool with high school friends Chip Gardiner and Chad Wood at a little pizza pub/bar called The Town House.

I wasn't playing that game (unfortunately) and the music was blaring. The pub had a little color television in the corner above the bar. I looked up and saw the intro to ESPN's "SportsCenter" and sat down. The first segment showed Chris Street.

The television sound was off and back then there was no bottom crawl. We had no cell phones. Chad asked why was Street on TV. I just said, "I wonder if he died." There really was no other reason I could think of at that time because we knew Iowa didn't play that night.

After I went home a few hours later, Chad called and told me that Chris Street had died in a car accident. Several thoughts flooded my mind. I lived briefly in Indianola, and my father still lives there. I watched Street and his high school teammate Bruce Overton tear up my high school team in a Class 4A substate basketball final. Mostly my thoughts then mirror my thoughts 20 years later: what a shame.

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