MUNCIE — Architect R. Wayne Estopinal, who just this week was appointed by the governor to another term on the board of trustees at Ball State University, his alma mater, died Friday in a plane crash in southern Indiana.
A proud Cardinal, he was en route to Chicago for a Ball State alumni event Friday night and a gala on Saturday.
Estopinal had served on the board since 2011 and had earned two bachelor's degrees from Ball State in 1979 — one in architecture and one in environmental design.
The soccer club for which Estopinal was a founder, Louisville City FC, confirmed his death.
He was on board a corporate-style jet that crashed in rural Clark County just outside of Louisville around 11:30 a.m. Emergency responders arrived at a rural wooded area to find a debris field from the reported crash.
The flight was en route to Chicago, where Ball State is being recognized this weekend, at the Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel, as the Indiana Society of Chicago Foundation’s Institution of the Year.
Three people were aboard the flight, including the pilot, according to state police. None survived.
Ball State President Geoffrey S. Mearns, board of trustees' Chairman Rick Hall, other trustees and senior administration staff from the university were among a large Ball State contingent in Chicago for an alumni event Friday night. The Indiana Society of Chicago's gala is Saturday.