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Man killed in Hwy. 169 crash identified as college soccer star

Mapach Odolla died after he was hit by an SUV after stopping on the highway and getting out of his car.
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A 21-year-old Maryland college soccer player has been identified as the man killed in a crash on Hwy. 169 in Minnesota Saturday.

Mapach Odolla died after the Ford Focus he was driving came to a stop on the highway in Bloomington, and he was struck by a northbound SUV after he got out of the vehicle.

An 18-year-old Minnesota woman who was a passenger in the Focus was not injured, with the investigation in Odolla's death continuing.

Odolla has been described as a "rising star" on the soccer program at Goucher College in Baltimore, where he was also majoring in political science.

A fundraising account set up in his memory, which has raised almost $20,000, said the following: 

"Mapach had the kindest heart and a smile that made people feel like they were the most important person in the room. He lit up every space he was in - from a soccer pitch to a classroom to hanging out with friends and family. He loved soccer and played from his heart with natural skill and passion, and put in the hard work to excel at the beautiful game. Mapach was an equally dedicated student who loved to learn and ask tough questions. He had just finished his second year at Goucher where he balanced a tough academic courseload with soccer. He went out of his way to make people feel welcome, and important, and was always ready to lend a helping hand and offer a listening ear."

Goucher College also posted a tribute, saying: "To put it simply, Pach was always happy, smiling, and a positive influence on his teammates and the Goucher community. Pach, you will be sorely missed."

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