July 19, 2010

Boise State recruit Smith dies in car crash

BOISE, Idaho - A Boise State football recruit, Emil Smith, has died in a two-vehicle crash in California.

Police in Hemet, Calif., say the 18-year-old Smith and 22-year-old Dimitri Garcia were killed when the car they were in went into the dirt median and spun into oncoming traffic, where it was struck by a minivan.

Smith died at the hospital while Garcia died at the scene of the crash Saturday evening. Both are from Perris, Calif.

Smith committed to joining Boise State's 2011 recruiting class last month after attending football camp at the school. He played linebacker at Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif.

Boise State spokesman Max Corbet says coach Chris Petersen and his staff are saddened by Smith's death.

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