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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Football player, UF student die in motorcycle accident early Friday

Two UF students, one a UF football player, died early Friday morning in a motorcycle accident.

Michael Guilford was a 19-year-old UF sophomore and defensive back for the UF football team. He crashed his 1999 Kawasaki motorcycle at the intersection of Old Archer Road and SW 23rd Terrace at 12:40 a.m., said Lt. Keith Kameg, spokesman for the Gainesville Police Department.

Both Guilford and his passenger, Ashley Slonina, a 20-year-old UF political science junior from Lynn Haven, Fla., died at the scene, Kameg said.

He said speed was probably the main cause of the crash. Neither of the students was wearing a helmet.

Autopsy reports, which will determine whether alcohol was involved, will not be available for several weeks, he said.

Steve Orlando, UF spokesman, said Guilford acted as Ohio State's quarterback when UF was practicing for the BCS Championship Game.

Guilford and Slonina are the sixth and seventh UF students who have died this semester.

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