SANTA ANA ( — UCLA receiver Nick Pasquale was drunk when he was struck by a car and killed in San Clemente in September, authorities said Friday.

Pasquale, 20, had a blood-alcohol level of .26, but he had no drugs in his system, Orange County sheriff’s Lt. Jeff Hallock said.

The legal limit for driving under the influence is .08, but Pasquale was walking when he was struck on Sept. 8, on Camino de Dos Mares, west of Calle Nuevo in San Clemente.

The motorist, who had been driving a Mercedes-Benz sedan, stayed at the scene and was not cited or  charged with a crime. There were no signs on the part of the driver that drugs or alcohol played a part in the collision, Hallock said.

Investigators have concluded the collision was an accident, he said.

Pasquale was a football standout at San Clemente High School and was entering his freshman season as a walk-on wide receiver.


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