Sep 21, 2013; Pasadena, CA, USA; UCLA Bruins player stand for a moment of silence in honor of Nick Pasquale before the game against the New Mexico State Aggies at the Rose Bowl. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

UCLA player was drunk when he was fatally struck by car

The UCLA Bruins are going through a very interesting season of trial, tribulation and perseverance as most football teams do on their way through a college season.

Back in early September the team rallied around the death of teammate and walk-on redshirt freshman receiver Nick Pasquale after he was fatally struck by a car in his hometown of San Clemente, California. The news came just days before the Bruins’ game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers and they have used it as a rallying cry ever since.

Earlier today (or yesterday if you are on the East coast) authorities released facts that Pasquale was drunk with .26 blood alcohol level in his system. The level is more than three times the legal driving limit in California but Pasquale was a pedestrian so that doesn’t play in too much. Still, who knows what caused him to walk out in front of oncoming traffic?

The finding was made through a routine toxicology test in situations of this nature. It is however impossible to understand just how much (if any) this finding means to the incident, as there is no way to determine what the effect was on Pasquale at the time. The driver did stay and was questioned but not detained for what is being fully ruled an accident.

Regardless of the situation, it is still a tragic loss for the University of California Los Angeles and its’ football program, along with the family and friends of Nick Pasquale. Just another reminder to be diligent in always practicing safe habits while alcohol is involved.


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