UM Student Dino Ghilotti Killed In Early-Morning Wreck Day After Graduating
via Dino Ghilotti's Facebook page
On Friday, Dino Ghilotti's friends and family gathered in Coral Gables to watch him walk the stage at the University of Miami's graduation. Today, they'll gather again at a Coral Gables church to mourn at his funeral ceremony.
Ghilotti was killed early Sunday morning in a two-car accident a few blocks from campus.
Update: Police have identified the driver of Ghilotti's car as Allison Meyer and the other driver as Rosalia Prado.
Coral Gables police are still investigating the accident, Officer Dean Wellinghoff, a department spokesman, tells Riptide.
So far, they've released only spare details about the crash. Ghilotti was the passenger in a car driven by another UM student at 4:37 a.m. on Sunday when they collided with another car at Bird Road and San Amaro Drive.
Ghilotti was killed and both drivers were injured in the wreck, Wellinghoff says.
Ghilotti, who earned a business degree at UM, was the scion of a prominent construction family from San Rafael, California that has handled scores of multimillion dollar projects in the area, including a $20 million renovation of George Lucas' Big Rock Ranch.
"He was going to go to work at Ghilotti Construction Company in Santa Rosa," Larry Kamer, a spokesman for the Ghilotti family, tells the Marin Independent Journal. "The family is dealing with a devastating situation right now."
Wellinghoff says police may release more information about the crash later this morning; Riptide will update this post when they do.
Ghilotti's funeral is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. today at the St. Augustine Catholic Church, the Miami Herald reports, with a reception to follow at the UM Newman Alumni Center.
Update: Coral Gables PD has released a bit more information about the crash, including the identities of Meyer and Prado, the two drivers in the accident. Meyer was driving a 2008 BMW X3, which collided with Prado's 2006 BMW 521i. The police are still investigating and say that "no findings regarding the cause of this crash have been made" yet.
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