Eloi Vasquez, the 19-year-old college soccer player who disappeared in Los Angeles early Saturday morning, is dead. According to police, the University of California and Berkeley freshman was killed by a car on a Los Angeles freeway at about 2:30 Saturday morning.
Police said they knew about a fatal accident victim early Saturday, but did not connect the victim with Vasquez at that time due to severe injuries to the victim’s body and the fact that Vasquez was carrying no form of identification.
Vasquez and a group of friends traveled south to Los Angeles Friday for a spring break road trip. Late that night, they attended a party at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house near the University of Southern California.
But according to friends, Vasquez said he wanted to go to the beach. His friends turned him down because the USC campus and the frat house where they were then located sits about 15 miles east of the nearest Los Angeles area beach.
Vasquez then told his friends he wanted to go for a walk, so he left the party at about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, with his friends assuming he intended to return.
But he soon called a female friend in the Berkeley area — about 375 miles north of Los Angeles — telling her he was lost and needed her to come help him. Aurora Carderas, who said that Vasquez sounded as if he had been drinking, told him to call his friends at the party to come find him.
However, around 2:15 a.m., Vasquez phoned Carderas again, telling her he was still lost. He also told her that he wanted to go to the beach.
“He was like, ‘I’m screwed,’ he was really confused,” Cardenas said. “I just kept telling him to contact his friends and he was like, ‘okay fine,’ and he just hung up the phone.”
According to police, it was only about 10 minutes later that Vasquez, for some reason, attempted to run across the Interstate 10 freeway. He was quickly struck by an oncoming 2009 Chevy Impala on the eastbound side of the freeway, according to a statement by California Highway Patrol Officer Ramberto Salcido.
The driver of the car called police to inform them of the accident and remained at the scene, according to an aunt of Eloi Vasquez, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News.
“We’re devastated, such a loss of life. He had such a future ahead of him,” the aunt, Beth Crespan, told the Mercury News. “It’s the worst outcome imaginable.”
Eloi Vasquez was confirmed to be dead by the Los Angeles County Coroner. A native of Marin County, California, in addition to playing soccer at U.C. Berkeley, pursuing his dream of playing the sport professionally, Vasquez compiled a 3.35 grade point average in his one semester at the prestigious university.
[Image: Eloi Vasquez Facebook via Daily Mail]