Published: Mon, June 18, 2018
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Former Oregon player Leiato killed in car crash

Former Oregon player Leiato killed in car crash

Former Oregon defensive player Fotu Leiato II was found dead hours after a single vehicle accident in Eugene, Ore., on Friday morning. Boulevard and Kinsrow Avenue after a woman walking in the area saw a hand sticking out of brush. Police officers responded to the report and found a deceased person, who was identified at Leiato. He was transported to a local hospital and then after an investigation, he was cited in lieu of custody for DUII. All three charges were misdemeanors. He also was booked on a misdemeanor trespassing charge in January.

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Leiato played in 38 games for OR over the last three seasons. He was expected to play a key role, potentially as a Starter this season under third year Defensive Coordinator Jim Leavitt. While Oregon coach Mario Cristobal never took official action outside of a statement indicating the program was aware of the arrest and gathering information, 247Sports reported that Leiato was dismissed from the team in April.

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Entering the 2018 season, Leiato appeared in 27 games for the Ducks, including on special teams.

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"We are saddened to learn of the passing of Fotu, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time". Leiato had 14 tackles in 2017. He will be remembered and missed by all who knew him, ' they said.

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