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FGCU student passes away in fatal car crash

FGCU student Ryan Wendler passed away on Tuesday in a car accident on Michael B. Rippe Parkway at around 12:10 p.m.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol accident report, Wendler was sitting at a red light when a Mack Truck hit his vehicle from behind, causing him to be pushed through the intersection into the grassy shoulder embankment.

The accident is currently under investigation, and no charges have been issued.

The 20-year-old Gainesville native was in his sophomore year at FGCU and was majoring in sociology.

“Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Ryan’s family and his friends, as they deal with this senseless and tragic loss,” said Susan Evans, the official FGCU spokeswoman.

Check back with Eagle News for more on this developing story.

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Travis Brown

Travis is a Senior at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in Journalism and Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. With a background in marketing and analytics, Travis also works in breaking news with a diverse background in sociology and civics.

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