Photo of Stephen Habinowski taken from GoFundMe page.

A UCF student was killed in a car accident while on his way to a computer science tournament in Tallahassee on Oct. 18.

Stephen Habinowski, 19, a sophomore computer science major, was on his way to Hackathon at Florida State University when the accident occurred, according to a GoFundMe page setup by his sister to help pay for funeral expenses.


Stephen’s sister, Keri Habinowski, wrote that he was a very accomplished and hard working student who loved computer coding and programming. The accident was a tragic and sudden event for the family.

“Our worst nightmare became a reality this weekend after our Stephen was taken from us way too soon and unfortunately,” Keri Habinowski wrote on the GoFundMe page. “This nightmare has brought a huge financial burden on all of Stephen’s family and loved ones.”

Keri Habinowski is also a UCF student, senior biomedical sciences major. She asked people to help out by donating to the GoFundMe.

“Anything would help with the devastating loss of Stephen, and we are eternally grateful for any donations to help lay his perfect soul to rest,” she wrote on the GoFundMe page.

This is a developing story. Check back with Knight News for updates.