Goucher's Amoss killed in one-car crash in Pa. 3-sport star, 21, struck tree head-on


Renie Amoss, an honor student and one of the most accomplished athletes in Goucher College history, died early yesterday in a one-car accident in Kennett Township, Pa., approximately five miles from her home in Chadds Ford, Pa.

Amoss, 21, was driving a 1991 Ford Taurus near her home when it left the road and struck a tree head-on, according to a spokeswoman with the Pennsylvania State Police. Amoss, the spokeswoman said, was not wearing a seat belt, and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident was estimated to have occurred between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., and was discovered at 4:30 a.m.

The spokeswoman also said that police did not know if alcohol was involved and that an autopsy report was not available.

Jacqueline Schiavini, 22, a passenger, was taken by helicopter to Brandywine (Pa.) Hospital. Schiavini, who was wearing a seat belt, was listed in serious condition.

Amoss, a three-sport star who graduated May 14 with honors in economics and management, planned to attend graduate school at Villanova.

"She had a lot in her future. She was going to make her mark in the world," said Sally Baum, the Goucher women's tennis coach. "She neverdid anything less than 100 percent. It's more tragic because of that, but it's also helpful, because she made the most of every day."

Baum said Amoss "was everything you wanted in a student-athlete."

She was the No. 1 scorer in the history of women's basketball in Maryland, accumulating 2,220 points. Amoss was the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year this past season, ranking sixth in the NCAA's Division III in scoring (24.5 points per game) and fourth (7.3) in assists.

Last fall, Amoss was a first-team Division III All-American in field hockey and finished with school records for career goals and assists. She was Goucher's No. 2 singles player in tennis the past two seasons. Amoss was graduated with a 3.67 grade-point average and was a GTE Academic All-American in basketball.

Baum said that she and other Goucher coaches spent yesterday contacting Amoss' teammates.

"This is very difficult for all of us," Baum said. "Our players are getting together and trying to deal with it. We've been talking about her all day. She was the kind of kid you're happy to get once in your coaching career."

A viewing will be held tonight from 7 to 9 at Kuzo and Gofus Funeral Home in Kennett Square, Pa. A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at St. Mary's Assumption Church in Hockessin, Del., tomorrow at 8:30 a.m. Burial will follow on family property in Bel Air.

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