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Basketball Star Hurt In Wreck Women’s Olympic Team, Seattle Reign Standout Venus Lacy In Serious Condition In Louisiana

Associated Press

Venus Lacy, a member of the 1996 USA women’s Olympic basketball team, was injured Tuesday in a two-car collision that knocked her car through the plate glass window of a Ruston beauty school.

Lacy was taken first to Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, then transferred to St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, where a spokeswoman said she was in serious but stable condition.

Neither Lincoln General, which initially reported her condition as “good,” nor St. Francis would discuss the nature of Lacy’s injuries.

Lacy was driving a 1992 Mitsubishi Diamante that collided with a 1995 Jeep Cherokee driven by Henry Roane III of Ruston. Both drivers were taken to Lincoln General Hospital, where Roane was treated and released.

Witnesses at the scene told The Ruston Daily Leader newspaper that Lacy’s hands appeared to be injured.

The collision occurred shortly before 9 a.m.

Police said Roane was stopped at a traffic light facing west, waiting to make a left turn. Lacy was traveling east.

The vehicles collided when Roane attempted to turn. The impact sent Lacy’s car through the plate-glass front of Pat Goins Beauty School.

The vehicle skidded to a stop completely inside the corner building, scattering mannequin heads and limbs in all directions.

No one in the beauty school was injured. No charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon.

Lacy has been in Ruston since December, rehabilitating her left knee, which she injured during her first season with the American Basketball League’s Seattle Reign. She underwent surgery in December.

She was part of the gold-medal-winning U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team and Louisiana Tech’s 1988 NCAA championship team.

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