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LAS VEGAS — A Dixie State University student and Salt Lake City native has died following a car accident in Las Vegas.
Samuela Tupola, 23, a student majoring in communication studies at Dixie State University, was one of five people involved in the accident.
The accident occurred around 4 a.m. Saturday morning. Tupola, along with his four cousins, was traveling northbound near the Las Vegas Speedway, back to Utah, when a white sedan traveling south in the northbound lane crashed into their vehicle, according to Nevada Highway Patrol.
#TrafficAlert Wrong way crash involving multiple vehicles. I15 NB at Speedway. NB I15 closed at the northern beltway. #WrongWay#BuckleUp#DriveSafeNV#LivesAreOnTheLine#NHPSoCommpic.twitter.com/Gzear7WPSo— NHP Southern Command (@NHPSouthernComm) March 13, 2021
The accident involved at least three vehicles. NHP says a semi-truck heading north attempted to brake but ended up nicking Tupola's car.
The conditions of the other four passengers are unknown at this time. The family of Tupola has set up a GoFund Me* page to help cover funeral and medical expenses.
Utah just lost one of it's young heavyweights.— Kamaal S. Ahmad (@CoachKAhmad) March 15, 2021
Sam, we're going to miss you, brother. Your leadership, maturity, passion for social justice, and selflessness.
Man, this one hurts. pic.twitter.com/iBQwHmGUZW
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