Former Oregon player Leiato killed in car crash

Former Oregon player Leiato killed in car crash

Former Oregon Ducks linebacker Fotu Leiato has died.

According to police, Leiato's body was found by a passerby several hours after Pedro Chavarin Jr., 22, rolled a 2014 Kia Sedan off the road and into the brush near Martin Luther King Jr.

The rollover crash had occurred the day before, but the alleged driver of the vehicle, Pedro Chavarin Jr., told police he was alone at the time, according to local ABC affiliate KEZI. The man told officers he had been driving alone. Leiato's body was found partially covered with brush on a gravel path about 7 a.m.

McLaughlin said investigators determined the deceased person had been a passenger in the vehicle.

Leiato played in 38 games for OR over the last three seasons.

Chavarin was taken to the hospital, then cited for DUII.

The football program confirmed in May that Leiato had been dismissed from the program. He also was booked on a misdemeanor trespassing charge in January. He had three sacks in the spring game and was expected to contend for a starting outside linebacker job this coming season. "He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him". He had seven tackles as a freshman in 2015, 16 tackles as a sophomore in 2016 and 14 tackles as a junior. Leiato was dismissed from the team in April after he was arrested on charges of theft and criminal mischief.

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