Former Oregon football player Fotu Leiato found dead

Former Oregon football linebacker Fotu Leiato II was found dead after a car rollover crash near Autzen Stadium on early Friday morning, according to the Eugene Police Department. Leiato, 21, was the passenger and UO student Pedro Chavarin Jr., 22, was the driver of the vehicle.

Chavarin Jr. was initially arrested for a DUII in result of the crash and Leiato’s body was only found four hours later. KEZI first reported the crash and the discovery of the passenger’s body, which has been confirmed to be Leiato’s.

On Tuesday, June 19, Eugene police announced that Chavarin Jr. was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the first degree.

Leiato was arrested in late April for theft, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief after trying to remove a parking boot and failing to appear in court for a previous incident. He was dismissed by the Oregon football team in May.

Leiato played in 38 career games for the Ducks, finishing with 37 total tackles, one tackle for loss and two pass breakups.

This post will be updated when more information becomes available.

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Shawn is an associate sports editor and reporter for the Emerald covering football, men's basketball, women's basketball, acrobatics and tumbling, track and field/cross-country and softball. He also hosts several podcasts, including a soccer podcast, on the Emerald Podcast Network. You can contact him at [email protected] or on Twitter @ShawnMedow.