- Associated Press - Sunday, August 16, 2015

MOUNT IDA, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas State Police have released details about a head-on collision that killed a track-and-field athlete and engineering major at Louisiana Tech University - someone friends and coaches remember as a deeply religious person who lived to serve.

Noah James Riche, 22, of Madisonville, Louisiana, died when his car crossed the centerline and collided with a westbound vehicle Friday afternoon on Highway 270 east of Mount Ida, near the Joplin community in western Arkansas, a state police report said.

Riche died at the scene; the other driver was hospitalized in undisclosed condition.

Riche, a javelin thrower on the Tech track and field team, was returning to Ruston from Mount Ida, where he had been working at a Christian children’s camp, the university said.

“Noah had the biggest heart for a person that I’ve ever met in my life,” Hunter Lee, a former wide receiver on the football team and roommate of Riché’s, told The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1LfEDob ) on Saturday. “He lived his life to serve others.”



He said Riche recently had acquired a number of Bibles and was sending them to children he had counseled at the camp.

Rob Gire, a former Tech assistant who is now at Texas State, said Riche loved everything about life.

“Everything he did, he did it to the fullest, whether it be school, church, track, hanging with his friends. Everything,” Gire said.

Tech track and field coach Gary Stanley described Riché as an engineer who just happened to be a good javelin thrower. The major is one of the most demanding at Tech.

“It was very, very difficult and he handled that exceedingly well. … He had a huge amount of respect from the kids on our team,” Stanley said.

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