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NEIU student from Mundelein killed following crash in Texas

Updated: February 22, 2014 6:05AM

DALLAM COUNTY, Texas — A Mundelein man was one of two Northeastern Illinois University students killed Friday in a motor vehicle crash involving a Freightliner truck while traveling to a leadership conference for their fraternity in Arizona.

The students, David Roman, 23, of Mundelein and Victor Maldonado, 18, of Chicago were traveling southwest on U.S. Highway 54 about 8:30 a.m. Friday when their vehicle veered northwest and made impact with the 18-wheeler, said Dallam County Dispatcher Tony Sotelo.

Beth Campus, spokesman for Northeastern Illinois University, confirmed that Maldonado and Roman were both Northeastern students, and that both were members of the Omega Delta Phi fraternity.

Denny Esquivel, a founder of the Northeatern Illinois University chapter of Omega Delta Phi, said the men were traveling to a leadership conference for the fraternity in Tucson, Ariz., when the crash occurred.

Three others traveling with Maldonado and Roman were also injured in the crash, Sotelo said. David Rubio, 19, of Berwyn, Kyle Thomas, 21, of Chicago and 19-year-old Seth Amofa from Chicago were taken to Northwest Texas Hospital in good condition, Sotelo said.

They were also NEIU students and Omega Delta Phi members, according to Esquivel.

Two people who were in the truck were taken to an area hospital but were later released.

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