Eloi Vasquez, the college student who was reported missing for two days over the weekend, was killed as he ran across the Los Angeles Freeway. Vasquez had no identification on him and his fingerprints weren’t found in any law enforcement data base. His body was in the morgue, but they hadn’t been able to identify the student so people were still searching for him according to News Max on March 31.
The missing University of California, Berkeley, student was dead for a few days before the police were able to positively identify him using his fingerprints on file with the DMV. The police could only do that once they clarified the correct spelling of his name, then they got a hit on a match through the DMV.
The police pretty much assumed that the man hit and killed on Interstate 10 was 19-year-old Vasquez, but they could not officially identify him right away and they couldn’t reveal his death until they were sure it was him, reports the coroner’s spokesperson Craig Harvey.
According to the Latin Times, a city-wide search for the student went on over the weekend, as well as a $100,000 reward posted on social media in hopes of finding him. At the same time his body was in the morgue unidentified after being struck by the car on the L.A. Freeway.
Vasquez left a fraternity party on Saturday night saying that he was going for a walk. His mother said he had called a friend of his and told her he was lost and in trouble after he left the party. It was just before dawn on Saturday that a woman reported that a man had just run out in front of her on the freeway and she couldn’t avoid hitting him.
A California Highway Patrol spokesperson, Edgar Figueroa, said that Vasquez was pronounced dead on the scene. Figueroa said that the toxicology tests take a few weeks to come back so it is not immediately known if Figueroa had any alcohol or drugs in his system.
Vasquez was a well-rounded student-athlete who excelled in soccer. His combined talent, skill and dedication to the game of soccer would have most likely made him a candidate for the MLS, the U.S. professional soccer league, said his coach Kevin Grimes.
Today Vasquez’s college teammates are “grieving pretty hard right now,” as he was a well-liked kid said the coach. Vasquez was on a spring break visit to Los Angeles with some college friends when this accident claimed his life.