University of Great Falls wrestler killed in Wyoming crash

2005-08-02T00:00:00Z University of Great Falls wrestler killed in Wyoming crashThe Associated Press The Associated Press
August 02, 2005 12:00 am  • 

A University of Great Falls sophomore wrestler was killed and a UGF volleyball player injured in a one-vehicle rollover on Interstate 25 in southern Wyoming over the weekend, the school announced Monday.

Killed was Justin Harjo, 24, who came to Great Falls from Oregon and was the first recruit in the school's wrestling program.

He was a passenger in a car driven by Becky Radiel, 23, of Great Falls, a senior volleyball player. She remained hospitalized Monday in Fort Collins, Colo., in stable condition.

"Both students played major roles in the UGF athletic program and were expected to contribute to this season's success," athletic director Antonio Veloso said in a prepared statement.

He said the university community was saddened by Harjo's death and praying for his fiancDe's recovery.

The Wyoming Highway Patrol said the northbound passenger car driven by Radiel missed a right curve at the crest of a hill, went into the median, hit a crossover and rolled several times, ejecting Harjo, who was not wearing a seatbelt. The patrol said the driver was belted.

The roadway was dry near Glendo Sunday morning and weather conditions were clear, the patrol said.

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