“There’s no manual for this anywhere.”
Those were the words of Galesburg American Legion Baseball team coach Steve Cheesman when asked how he’s approaching the passing of a teammate and friend to many on the squad.
The family of 16-year-old Jason Maulden says he has passed away, less than two days after an accident Saturday night on Interstate 80 near Ottawa that claimed the life of his grandfather, 58-year-old Steven Cervantez, and injured Maulden’s mother, 35-year-old Keisa Henry. The three were returning to Galesburg from Arlington Heights Saturday night when Cervantez’s vehicle left the roadway and overturned multiple times.
Cheesman tells WGIL the entire team is devastated over the latest news.
“It’s just the ultimate heartbreak here with a young man that had so much promise and so many things in life and his entire life ahead of him, and such a wonderful teammate and the kids had so much regard for him,” says Cheesman.
Cheesman says Maulden was a great player, but had a tough season due to a string of injuries. But he says Maulden never gave up, and was always at his team’s side, speaking to the type of character he had.
The family used Facebook on Monday to thank the public for their support. Funeral arrangements for Cervantez and Maulden have yet to be announced, and the team announced Monday they voted to play in the regional tournament in Terre Haute, Indiana, starting Thursday.
Henry remains hospitalized in Downer’s Grove.