NH Toll Plaza Crash Victim Was Student From Congo

HOOKSETT, N.H. (AP) – The motorist killed in a fiery crash at a toll plaza over the weekend in New Hampshire has been identified as a student from the African nation of Congo.

A Manchester funeral home identified the victim as 23-year-old Steve Nkuli Ituome, who was attending school in New Hampshire. Funeral director Buddy Phaneuf says Ituome’s uncle, a Roman Catholic cardinal, presided over a funeral Mass on Wednesday.

New Hampshire state police are investigating the high-speed crash late Saturday at the Hooksett Tolls. Witnesses report that the vehicle, borrowed from another college student, was traveling more than 100 mph.

Ituome was the nephew of Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya, the archbishop of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ituome’s remains will be shipped back to the Congo for burial.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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