20-year-old Nick Pasquale, a graduate of San Clemente High School and a redshirt freshman at UCLA, died on Sunday morning at approximately 1:30 am when he was struck by a vehicle in San Clemente. It is unclear whether or not Pasquale was trying to cross a busy street when he was struck by a Mercedes-Benz sedan. Another car that was going to hit him was able to move in time. The driver of the Mercedes-Benz stopped, called the police and stayed with Pasquale until they arrived at the scene. Pasquale was a wide receiver and beloved member of the scout team for the UCLA Bruins football team.
The Mercedes-Benz was going west on Camino De Los Mares when it hit Pasquale. No information has been released on the male driver. Lieutenant Jeff Hallock of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said, “There was nothing to indicate that drugs or alcohol were involved in terms of the driver.” There was no DUI and no arrests; the driver was released after questioning. Pasquale died at the scene of the crash.
An autopsy conducted on Monday showed that Pasquale died of multiple blunt-force injuries. Whether or not Pasquale had been drinking at the time cannot be denied or confirmed until the completion of toxicology tests. Pasquale had been at a party on Saturday night, and it is thought that he was walking home early on Sunday morning through a residential neighborhood.
Pasquale’s father, Mel Pasquale, is an assistant football coach for the Tritons. He thanked people for attending a vigil at the football field of San Clemente High School on Sunday night. A memorial service is being planned for Pasquale, and an investigation into the accident is ongoing. UCLA coach Jim Mora said, “This is a tragic loss. Nick was an outstanding young man…He was a great teammate who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family.”
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