Former Oregon football player Fotu Leiato found dead

Originally Posted on Emerald Media via UWIRE

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 Pedro Chavarin Jr., 22, was the driver of the vehicle.

Chavarin Jr. was 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.

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.