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UCLA Wide Receiver Nick Pasquale Struck and Killed by Car in San Clemente

NickPasqualeSAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KTLA) — Nick Pasquale, a wide receiver on UCLA’s football team, was struck and killed by a car Sunday morning in San Clemente, authorities said.

 

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A funeral was held Sunday for UCLA football player Nick Pasquale, who was hit and killed by a car in San Clemente one week ago, family members said.

A funeral was held Sunday for UCLA football player Nick Pasquale, who was hit and killed by a car in San Clemente one week ago, family members said.

As a child, Nick had a bone disorder in his hip that was supposed to severely limit his ability to play sports, according to his father, Mel Pasquale.

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A funeral service was held for UCLA football player Nick Pasquale, who was struck and killed by a car in San Clemente.

But Nick Pasquale didn’t let his medical condition hold him back.  He played football at San Clemente High School, lettering in the sport for three years.  This year, he played for UCLA as a walk-on wide receiver.

Nick was struck and killed by car on Aug. 8 in his hometown of San Clemente.  The 20-year-old was walking in the middle of a street when he was hit, according to investigators.  The driver of the car stayed with Nick until paramedics arrived; the driver was not cited in the incident.

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UCLA football player Nick Pasquale was struck and killed by a car in San Clemente.

LINCOLN, Neb. — In the midst of chaos, while Brett Hundley’s UCLA teammates celebrated having rallied for an impressive 41-21 victory over the Nebraska Cornhuskers and a record crowd of 91,471 trudged out of Memorial Stadium, the Bruins quarterback stood alone at midfield with one thought, one person, in mind.

In his hand he clutched a towel on which he had written “R.I.P. #36″ in tribute to walk-on wide receiver Nick Pasquale, who died after being struck by a vehicle last Sunday morning in San Clemente. Later, Hundley said he will present the towel to Pasquale’s family. They surely will see it was used more than once Saturday to stem a powerful tide of sorrow.

“It was a big, emotional game for us,” Hundley said. “Tears were going.”

Harnessing their emotions was among the many good things the Bruins did Saturday, the kinds of things good teams do and build on and turn into a habit.

Click here to read the full story on LATimes.com.

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KTLA) — The driver who fatally struck Nick Pasquale, a wide receiver on UCLA’s football team who was killed Sunday morning in San Clemente, stayed at the scene until help arrived, according to authorities.

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Nick Pasquale (UCLA)

Pasquale was walking in a neighborhood street when he was hit by a car, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The driver who struck Pasquale stopped, called authorities and stayed with him until help arrived, according to officials.

Pasquale, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

The driver of the car was not arrested.

Pasquale was a walk-on receiver from San Clemente High School.

“This is a tragic loss,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. “Nick was an outstanding young man who had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was a great teammate who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family.”

Green Bay Packer and former Bruin, Datone Jones, tweeted, “Rip to my UCLA brother Nick Pasquale you will be missed love you bro.”

The cause of the crash was under investigation.

SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. (KTLA) — Nick Pasquale, a wide receiver on UCLA’s football team, was struck and killed by a car Sunday morning in San Clemente, authorities said.

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Nick Pasquale (UCLA)

Pasquale was walking in a neighborhood street when he was hit by the car, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.

The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, the sheriff’s department said.

Pasquale was a walk-on receiver, who made his first appearance with the Bruins in a 58-20 victory over Nevada on Aug. 31.

“This is a tragic loss,” UCLA Coach Jim Mora said. “Nick was an outstanding young man who had a positive impact on everyone who knew him. He was a great teammate who was loved and respected by his entire team. Our thoughts are with the Pasquale family.”

Green Bay Packer and former Bruin, Datone Jones, tweeted, “Rip to my UCLA brother Nick Pasquale you will be missed love you bro.”

A memorial fund designed to help athletes has been set up in honor of Nick Pasquale.  Click here to link to the foundation’s webpage.

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