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Former UIC coach Howard Moore's condition improving after car crash that killed his wife and daughter

Wisconsin assistant basketball coach Howard Moore has improved and is walking after a weekend automobile wreck in Michigan that killed his wife and daughter, the university announced Monday.

Moore’s son, Jerell, has been released from a hospital and is in the care of family, the school also announced.

Moore’s wife, Jennifer, and daughter, Jaidyn, were killed early Saturday in the crash on the M-14 highway near Ann Arbor, Mich.

Authorities said a 23-year-old woman was driving west in the eastbound lanes at 2:04 a.m. when she struck a car head-on that was carrying the Moore family. The woman was also killed.

Moore, 48, and his son were initially treated in ICU.

“The Moore family would first like to express its gratitude for all of the prayers and well-wishes that have been showered upon them,” a tweet Sunday from the Wisconsin basketball program read. The university said the Moores are asking for privacy.

Moore, a Chicago native, played at Wisconsin from 1990 to ’95 and was head coach at UIC from 2010 to ’15 before returning to his alma mater as an assistant coach during the 2015-16 season.

He grew up on the West Side, blossoming into a Public League basketball star at Taft. He worked as an assistant at the University of Chicago, Bradley, Ball State, Loyola and Wisconsin before becoming UIC’s head coach.

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