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Texas A&M freshman, Utah recruit killed in crash

July 30, 2013 • National News


This video frame grab released by KRQE.com shows police and medical personal attending to car wreck that happened Monday evening on U.S. 550 near Cuba, about 85 miles north of Albuquerque. Texas A&M said Tuesday that redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and a teenager joining the Utah football team this fall were among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash in the high desert of northern New Mexico, just days before fall practices begin. (AP Photo/KRQE.com) MANDATORY CREDIT LOCAL TV OUT KOAT TV OUT, KOB TV OUT

Texas A&M said Tuesday that redshirt freshman Polo Manukainiu and a friend who was joining the Utah football team this fall were among three people killed in a single-car rollover crash in the high desert of northern New Mexico, stunning both schools just days before fall practices begin.

Manukainiu, a 19-year-old defensive lineman for the Aggies, and 18-year-old Utah recruit Gaius “Keio” Vaenuku were killed, officials from both schools said.

The wreck happened Monday evening on U.S. 550 near Cuba, N.M., about 85 miles north of Albuquerque, as the group of five was returning from Salt Lake City to suburban Dallas, where three of them had ties to prep football power Trinity High School in Euless.

The southbound 2002 Toyota Sequoia drifted off the sagebrush-lined highway, New Mexico State Police spokesman Emmanuel T. Gutierrez said. The Login to read more

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