A 19-year-old Texas A&M lineman, 18-year-old Utah recruit and 13-year-old boy were killed in a fatal car accident, according to Yahoo! News. The 2002 Toyota Sequoia was traveling southbound on US 550 near Cuba, New Mexico, about 85 miles north of Albuquerque, on the evening of July 29 when the driver noticed the vehicle had drifted off the highway and over-corrected, causing the vehicle to lose control and rollover several times.
The driver, 18-year-old Siaosi Salesi Uhatafe Jr., his father, Salesi Uhatafe, his stepbrother, Polo Manukainiu, his friend, Gaius Vaenuku and his brother, Andrew Uhatafe were all returning to suburban Dallas from a weekend trip to Salt Lake City. Uhatafe Jr. was the only one in the car who was wearing his seatbelt, and he and his father were the only ones to survive the wreck.
Andrew Uhatafe and Polo Manukainiu were both ejected from the vehicle during the accident and died at the scene. Vaenuku, who also sustained fatal injuries, died in an ambulance that had responded to the accident.
Could this accident have been prevented? Are there unreported design flaws in the Toyota Sequoia that make it susceptible to rollover accidents?
Nothing can bring back these young men to their families, but if the negligence of others played a part in their loss, then those responsible must be held accountable—if for no other reason than to make sure that their negligence doesn’t lead to more tragedies.
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