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Wife of Utah football player dies in car accident

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - The wife of Utes football player Ron Tongaonevai, Janelle, was killed in a car accident following last night's game.
SALT LAKE CIY (ABC 4 Sports) - The Utah football team is reeling today after learning that teammate Ron Tongaonevai’s wife Janelle died in a car accident last night in West Valley City. The accident occurred at 10:30 p.m., about an hour and a half after the conclusion of Utah’s game against Montana State.

“Our hearts go out to Ron and families and friends on both sides of the marriage for the tragic loss of his wife Janelle,” said Utah coach Kyle Whittingham. “This is a devastating loss for everyone involved in our program. Our players and staff are grieving for Ron and our top priority is to give him our support.”

A team tribute and funeral plans are in the works and will be announced later. The team will hold meetings and watch film of its MSU game today as planned, although as Whittingham said, “All of our thoughts and prayers are with Ron, and it’s very difficult to concentrate on anything else.”

Tongaonevai, a junior defensive lineman from West Valley City, and Janelle were married in the summer of 2010.
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