It is a very sad time for the students of Texas A&M and the family of Polo Manukainiu, according to a report by My San Antonio. The 19-year-old football player was killed, along with two others, in a one-car crash in New Mexico.
There were five people in the SUV at the time of the accident. Law enforcement officials report that the 18-year-old driver was not intoxicated but they have not ruled out that he may have been speeding. He was also the only one in the vehicle that was wearing a seatbelt. The SUV was reportedly traveling on U.S. 550 going south near the area of Cuba, New Mexico when the truck drifted off the road. The driver allegedly over-corrected and the SUV flipped several times. Manukainiu and a 13 year old passenger were ejected from the vehicle and were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Another passenger also died at the scene. The driver and his father were taken to a nearby hospital having suffered only minor physical injuries.
Manukainiu hailed from Euless, Texas where his skills on the football field as a defensive lineman helped to carry his team at Trinity High School to an undefeated season in 2011. He was ranked as the number 30 defensive end in the nation. He was planning to major in recreation, parks, and tourism science. He was expected to be a starter on the field this year with Texas A&M.
This is a heartbreaking story that happens all too often. It is reported that the party was driving for 22 hours with virtually no sleep. Experts have stated that driving fatigued is just as bad as driving under the influence. If you or a family member have been hurt because of the negligent driving of another party, an experienced Texas accident attorney to assess your case to see if you can sue for damages.