Jolie Johnson, a former USC running back, was killed by a bus on a Santa Clara County highway

San Jose State postpones game after running back from L.A. is struck, killed by bus

San Jose State will not play its game against California on Saturday due to severe weather.

Jolie Johnson, a former USC running back who recently transferred to San Jose State, was struck and killed by a bus while running to make a left turn on a Santa Clara County highway, county authorities said.

“The team has made a decision to not play a football game this Saturday — due to severe weather and safety concerns,” San Jose State athletic director Ray Anderson said in a statement, released by the school. “I wish the Johnson family the very best during this time, and I know they are already dealing with a difficult loss.”

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The driver of the bus, who was not injured, has not been charged with any crime.

Johnson, who was 22 years old, had a 3.7 grade point average, police said. He enrolled at San Jose State in December of 2018 and transferred to the school last month.

San Jose State, which finished at No. 9 in the Associated Press preseason poll, plays at Cal on Saturday.

Johnson is the third player San Jose State has killed in the last two decades, joining former quarterback John Elway in 2002 and former running back Aaron Rodgers in 2007, in a three-decade span. He finished his high school career with 100 yards rushing and was the only player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards and 20 touchdowns.

A native of San Joaquin County, he was a standout at Bishop O’Dowd High School, where he won the California Interscholastic Federation’s Leland Meeks Award last year as the most outstanding running back in California in track and field.

“We are deeply indebted to the Johnson family and are here for them as they process this devastating loss,” Anderson said. “We will continue to provide more information as we get it.”

Johnson’s mother, Kelly Johnson, told The Associated

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