A University of Utah freshman football player was among three teens killed early Tuesday morning, in a rollover accident outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Defensive lineman Gaius Vaenuku died in the crash, while Utah teammate Salesi Uhatafe was hospitalized with minor injuries. The incoming freshmen -- to the U of U program -- were high school teammates in Texas. They were headed home for a break, before the Utes open training camp, Monday.
Uhatafe’s stepbrother Polo Manukainiu, a Texas A&M football player, and 13-year-old brother Lolo Uhatafe were also killed. Uhatafe’s father survived the accident.
Police are continuing to investigate, but say fatigue likely played a role in the accident. They say the vehicle rolled, when the driver overcorrected.