Rachel Gaddis Death – Rachel Gaddis, a resident of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania, and State College Area Roller Derby president and coach passed away tragically on Saturday morning, April 1st, 2023. She was 38 years old at the time of her death. She was announced dead by SCAR Derby on Monday, April 2nd, 2023. “It is with heavy hearts that we share the news of the passing of our best friend, teammate, coach, and president, Rachel Gaddis, or Blackout Betty as she was known in the derby community.”
What was Rachel Gaddis’ cause of death?
In the early hours of Saturday morning, a deadly utility task vehicle (UTV) collision occurred in rural northern Clinton County. State police said they are investigating if alcohol or drugs may have played a role. In the collision in Leidy Twp., northwest of Renovo, a passenger, Rachel S. Gaddis, 38, of Spring Mills, was killed, while the driver and another passenger were hurt, they said. Just after 4 a.m., Preston C. Gaddis, 38, of Spring Mills, and his UTV departed Stewart Hill Road. According to troopers, it descended a steep hill, struck a sizable tree, and tipped over. They said that the driver and the other passenger, 42-year-old Samuel G. Hoy III of Mill Hall, were expelled.
They claimed that Rachel Gaddis, who was seated across the center console, was partially ejected and impaled by the roll cage. According to authorities, a Clinton County deputy coroner declared her dead at the spot. According to a news release, Preston Gaddis and Hoy were hurt and taken to a hospital, however, it is not specified to which hospital. The reason why the troopers believe Preston Gaddis was impaired was not disclosed. They stated that the probe is still ongoing.
Who was Rachel Gaddis?
Rachel Gaddis was known in the derby community as Blackout Betty was a resident of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania. Betty was a founding member of the State College Area Roller Derby (SCAR derby) in 2010, and the pillar of the league since she took over head coaching in 2016. She single-handedly kept the league going during the pandemic, and lead the charge to host SCAR’s first-ever tournament.
Betty’s passion for the derby was evident not only in her league leadership but also in the way that she made sure there was a space for everyone on the track. She was an absolute force and roller derby was her biggest passion (besides her chickens, tubing, and rugby, and celebrating people). Her legacy is not just the league she helmed for the past decade, but the countless number of people she molded into the players they are today.
Rachel Gaddis’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.
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