Fellow players mourn loss of former PH No. 1 Velez
Karyn Velez, 24, was driving her Honda Civic along the northbound lane of C-5 on Monday morning when it suddenly swerved into the opposite lane, where it was rammed by a cargo van. Photo courtesy of badzine.net

THE country's former No.1 badminton player died in a vehicular accident along the C-5 highway in Pasig City early Monday morning.  

Police said Karyn Velez, 24, was driving her Honda Civic along the northbound lane of the Ortigas flyover shortly after midnight when it suddenly swerved into the opposite lane, where it was rammed by an incoming cargo van.

The Filipino- American sustained severe multiple injuries and was brought to the Medical City where she was pronounced dead at half past 2 a.m. The three passengers of the van were also injured and are undergoing treatment.

In an article on the badminton website Badzine, national team member Kennevic Asuncion, who coached Velez, said, “Karyn was a bubbly, jolly, a happy-go-lucky person. I remember how we had a hard time teaching her badminton since she was still young but after that she did well. She started badminton with us (Asuncion Badminton Center) before moving to the US.”  

Velez, known to family and friends as 'Chibby,' moved to the US in order to gain more ranking points. She later represented the Philippines in the 2009 Sudirman Cup.

Tragically, the former badminton star's untimely demise also occurred on the same day of the BWF World Championships finals being held in Guangzhou, China.