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Accident claims life of Tech student

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A Louisiana Tech University student is dead and two other people are injured as a result of a single-vehicle crash at approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning on the Tech campus.

Omar Rashad Khodr-Agha, 23, of Ruston, died at the scene after being ejected from the vehicle, police said.

Khodr-Agha was the front-seat passenger in a vehicle driven by Turki Mohammed Qaramish, 23, a Grambling State University student from Saudi Arabia. Qaramaish and a second passenger, Elise Salsberry, 50, of Ruston, were taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center for treatment of their injuries.

Salsberry was transferred to LSU University Health Center in Shreveport.

Officials say Qaramish was driving westbound on Bulldog Drive at a high rate of speed when he apparently lost control of his vehicle, first hitting a fence, then a steel pole and finally, a tree.

Alcohol use is suspected, Ruston Deputy Police Chief Clint Williams said. Toxicology reports are pending, he said. Authorities have not been able to determine if any of the three were wearing seat belts.

Both Ruston and Tech police worked the accident. Tech police will handle any further criminal investigation into the case, university police Chief Randal Hermes said this morning.

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