Two Football Players Among Victims in New Mexico Rollover Accident

Posted By The Carlson Law Firm || 30-Jul-2013

A fatal rollover accident in New Mexico on US 550 left three young people dead and sent two others to the hospital with serious injuries.

Police identified one of the teens as 19-year-old Texas A&M football player Polo Manukainiu, who was ejected from the Toyota SUV. Manukainiu previously resided in Euless, Texas.

Utah football prospect, Gaius Vaenuku, who was an incoming freshman, was transported to the hospital with serious injuries resulting from the New Mexico rollover accident. He was later pronounced dead while en route to the hospital, emergency officials said.

The third person killed in the single vehicle accident on US 550 was identified as 13-year-old Andrew Uhatafe.

Two other occupants in the SUV were injured in the crash, including the driver of the Toyota sport utility vehicle. The driver was identified as 18-year-old Salesi Uhatafe. His father, Salesi Uhatafe Sr. was also in the vehicle at the time of the wreck. They were both transpoted to New Mexico hospital with what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries.

Police are still investigating the New Mexico accident involving the football players but do not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash. Officials do not believe all of the occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the rollover wreck.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims or this tragic car accident, their families and loved ones.


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