The Texas Department of Public Safety confirmed Sunday that two Texas A&M University-Kingsville students were killed in a vehicle accident Saturday, about 90 miles north of Kingsville near Refugio.
Oscar Felipe Fuentes, 19, and Ebenezer “Tosin” Oloba, 23, were traveling northbound along U.S. 77 south of Victoria, when the vehicle they were in left the highway and plunged into the swollen San Antonio River, the Victoria Advocate reported.
Sgt. Nathan Bradley, a DPS trooper, told local media outlets that witnesses saw the splash from the vehicle as it entered the water about 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Rescuers from the DPS dive team and local agencies identified the car in 12 to 14 feet of water and towed it out of the river Sunday afternoon, when the bodies were then discovered.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
The vehicle involved was a rented Chevrolet Cruze, according to news reports.
The two students were on their way to College Station to attend the Conference on Student Government Associations, according to an email sent to TAMUK students by Terisa Riley, senior vice president of student affairs at the university.
Professional counselors from the university’s Student Health and Wellness Center will be available for walk-in visits on Monday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and all week by appointment.
The Student Government Association will hold a candlelight vigil in honor of the students on Tuesday at 8 p.m. in front of the Javelina statue on University Boulevard.
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