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Cal Poly student killed in car crash days before graduation

Posted: 9:01 PM, Jun 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-06-13 00:01:43-04

Cal Poly is mourning the death of a student who was set to graduate this weekend.

The university sent an email to the campus community Wednesday night saying: “We are heartbroken to report that one of our students, Nicole Scalone, passed away early this morning in a car accident. The university is in contact with her family to offer our support, and our thoughts are with them and Nicole’s friends during this difficult time.”

The email says Scalone was a fourth-year Business Administration student concentrating in Information Systems.

She was from Bellevue, Washington and was scheduled to graduate this weekend.

“During her time at Cal Poly, Nicole embraced her experience as a student, studying abroad in Italy during the Fall 2017 quarter and participating in the Orfalea College of Business Peer Mentoring Program. She was also a member of Cal Poly’s Women in Business Association,” the email said.

The university says it will award her degree posthumously this weekend.

Counseling services are available for students.

The university was unable to confirm the circumstances of the car crash, however, it came on the same day as a deadly wrong-way crash on Highway 101 just south of the Higuera Street off-ramp.

The CHP says a 22-year-old woman from Bellevue, Washington was killed in the crash. Officers would not confirm the name of the person who died.

A 43-year-old man from Los Osos was also killed in the crash.