Former Punahou star athlete killed in California crash

Former Punahou star athlete killed in California crash

STOCKTON, Calif. (HawaiiNewsNow) - A former standout Punahou School baseball player died Friday in a crash in California.

The Record, a daily newspaper based in Stockton, reports that Marcus Yoshii died in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 near Eight Mile Road at around 12:40 a.m.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the 25-year-old was driving a 2001 Toyota in the southbound direction when he veered off the freeway and collided into a guardrail. The vehicle then overturned and landed in an embankment.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Yoshii, who graduated from Punahou in 2011, later attended the University of the Pacific, where he obtained his bachelor's degree in sports medicine and pre-physical therapy in 2015, according to his LinkedIn page.

Friends say as a member of Punahou's last three record-setting consecutive state championships, Yoshii was an "outstanding teammate, friend and role model."

He went on to become a physical therapy aide for St. Joseph's Medical Center.

It's not known if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash.

This story will be updated.

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