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Former Oregon football player found dead near crash site

17 June, 2018, 02:42 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
  • KPTV file

Former Oregon linebacker Fotu Leiato, 21, was killed in a auto crash on Friday, Eugene police confirmed early Saturday morning.

Investigators said Leiato's body was discovered by a passerby several hours after the crash scene had been cleared, according to the report. Boulevard and Kinsrow Avenue where a 2014 Kia sedan crashed and rolled into heavy brush. The driver, who was identified as Pedro Chavarin Jr., was transported to a local hospital and then cited for DUI. Police responded to the crash around 2:30 a.m., Leiato's body was found around 7 a.m. after a woman saw a hand sticking out of the brush, according to police.

Leiato was arrested earlier this year on charges of theft, criminal trespassing, and criminal mischief.

In January, Leiato was arrested on another trespassing charge.

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Following the second arrest, Ducks head coach Mario Cristobal made a decision to dismiss Leiato from the program.

He was expected to compete for a starting position at outside linebacker before his release.

"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Fotu, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time".

Leiato played three seasons for Oregon. Last season, he had 14 total tackles, including one for a loss, as well as one pass defended.

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