Authorities have identified the victim of a fatal car crash on Tuesday as Savaii Seau, who is the 56-year-old brother of late Chargers star and Hall of Famer Junior Seau.
Savaii Seau, a teacher and coach, died after his Audi AG drifted into the path of an oncoming Helix Water District truck, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
The Associated Press provided more on the accident:
“Seau was driving in the suburb of Lakeside on Tuesday afternoon when his Audi drifted into a southbound lane and smashed into a water district truck, according to the newspaper. California Highway Patrol officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
The newspaper reported that Seau was not wearing a seat belt. He died after being taken to a hospital. Seau’s wife was with him and suffered minor injuries along with the driver of the truck, according to the California Highway Patrol and a family member who spoke to the newspaper.”
Savaii Seau’s 42-year-old wife and the truck driver were wearing their seat belts.
Savaii Seau coached flag football, basketball, and track at Warren-Walker School, a private school in San Diego.
“The hearts of the entire Warren-Walker School community are heavy as we have lost a great human being, teacher and friend today,” Volker said in a statement. “A fatal car accident has claimed our beloved Coach Seau, who rained love on all of his students, was a bright light in our (school) family, and (was) loved by all. His inspiration, support and incredibly unselfish spirit will be missed by his family as well, and to whom we extend our deepest condolences.”
Junior Seau, who played 21 years as a linebacker with the San Diego Chargers, Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, died in 2012 of a gunshot wound to the chest and was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy.