CASS COUNTY, NE – A car accident in Cass County on Sunday morning claimed the life of a former University of Nebraska at Kearney student and football player, KOLN reports.
The victim was 24-year-old Hinwa Allieu of Omaha, who graduated from UNK in 2021. He died in the wreck that occurred on Interstate 80 south of Ashland at 3:49 a.m.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Office said a Dodge Ram pickup going east on I-80 at a high rate of speed left the roadway, went airborne, and landed about 80-90 feet away on the other side of the ravine. The driver was partially ejected and the vehicle was engulfed in flames.
The Nebraska State Patrol and the Cass County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the crash.
Allieu, who graduated with a degree in construction management, was a standout defensive lineman for the UNK Lopers who played professionally in a developmental league.
UNK head coach Josh Lynn released a statement that read in part, “The Loper family is grieving today. We are saddened and devastated to learn of the passing of Hinwa. He was a gifted player and team leader, and an even better man.”
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