Louisville-area architect and Louisville City FC co-founder Wayne Estopinal has died in a plane crash in Southern Indiana that killed three people, the club has said.
The Cessna Citation C525 crashed at about 11:30 a.m. Friday near Borden, Ind., in a heavily wooded area, according to Wave3 News, citing information from the Federal Aviation Administration and Indiana State Police.
Estopinal, 63, was the president of Jeffersonville-based TEG Architects, which specialized in state-of-the-art medical centers, but also designed local projects, such as Lynn Stadium for the University of Louisville.
He also co-founded Louisville City FC, the local second-division soccer club, the offices of which formerly were housed in Estopinal-owned offices on South Sixth Street.
WLKY reported that its chopper pilot saw smoke and debris near the crash site, and that authorities had some difficulty reaching the area.
ISP Sgt. Jerry Goodin said that responders can get near the site only on all-terrain vehicles and on foot.
TEG Architects could not be reached Friday evening, but the soccer club issued statements from its president, Brad Estes, and chairman John Neace.
Estes said that LouCity officials “are deeply saddened” by Estopinal’s passing.
“We would not be the club we are today without his innovation, leadership, and hard work, and his contributions to the community are something for which we are incredibly grateful,” he said. “Our hearts are with Wayne’s family and loved ones at this time.”
Neace said the Louisville area on Friday “lost a great corporate citizen.”
“Wayne was very active in the soccer community and will be missed by us all,” he said.
“We mourn this inexpressible loss and today acknowledge his contribution to Louisville City FC and the entire Louisville soccer community,” Neace said.
One of the team’s local fan clubs, The Coopers, said on Twitter that they were “devastated by this news.”
“Pro soccer in Louisville owes so much to him & our thoughts are with his family and friends,” the fan club said.
Kent Oyler, president and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc., said in an emailed statement that Estopinal “was a successful business leader, an engaged citizen and a longtime member of the GLI family. We express our sincere condolences to the families and friends of Wayne and all of those lost in today’s crash.”
A graduate of Ball State University, Estopinal served on the institution’s board of trustees, BSU Alumni Council and BSU Foundation. According to the TEG website, he also was active with the boards of the Louisville Sports Commission, Louisville Zoo Foundation and Lincoln Heritage Council Boy Scouts of America.
The two other victims in the crash have not yet been identified. Information about funeral or memorial services were not immediately available.