Unfortunately, there’s extremely tragic and sad news coming out of Los Angeles Sunday afternoon.
According to the Daily Bruin, UCLA wide receiver Nick Pasquale died early Sunday morning after being hit by a vehicle. The redshirt freshman walk-on was a pedestrian when he was struck at 1:27 a.m. PST.
No details of what led to the 20-year-old Pasquale’s death have been released, although the San Clemente Times reported the following:
A spokesperson from the Orange County Sheriff’s Department indicated there were two vehicles driving in tandem down the road. One was able to avoid Pasquale, 20, whose body was found in the road, but the second was not able to avoid him and struck him. Investigation is ongoing as to why he might have been in the road.
Deputies responding to the call indicated they did not believe alcohol was a factor with the drivers. Records indicated that a call reporting the accident came in at 1:27 a.m.
The Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Coroner’s Office posted the following on its website Sunday:
The school has yet to release a statement or confirm the sad news regarding Pasquale. Unfortunately, Pasquale’s high school coach confirmed that his former player died.
Our thoughts, prayers and condolences go out to Pasquale’s family, friends, teammates, coaches and anyone else impacted by his way-too-early.
(Photo credit: UCLA athletics)
UPDATED 5:49 p.m. ET: What’s below is from UCLA football’s official Twitter feed. RIP.