University of Miami student dies in crash two days after graduation

A University of Miami student died early Sunday morning of injuries suffered in a car crash near the school’s Coral Gables campus.

The student was identified as Dino Ghilotti who graduated on Friday with a degree in business, UM spokeswoman Margot Winick said.

Coral Gables police said the accident occurred at Bird Road at San Amaro Drive at 4:37 a.m.

Ghilotti was a passenger in the vehicle.

The driver of the car was also a UM student. The extent of the driver’s injuries are unknown.

Ghilotti was expected to soon join his family’s construction firm, Ghilotti Construction, head-quartered in Santa Rosa, California. The company was started in 1914, according to the company’s website.

“The entire university community is heartbroken to hear of the tragic traffic accident ... our condolences and thoughts are with his family and friends,” UM president Donna Shalala said in a written statement.

Larry Buck, of Mission Street Advisors, a real estate firm said Ghilotti death’s will be a blow to the San Francisco business.

Among the major projects the company has completed, according to its website:Sears Point Raceway renovation for $50 million; the George Lucas’ Big Rock Ranch development for $20 million; Geysers Pipeline project for the City of Santa Rosa for $16 million and the Maycama Golf Club project for $10 million.

“Ghilotti Construction is right up there with Nibbi Brothers as the two most respected Italian family-owned construction companies in San Francisco.” Buck added that the family was looking forward to Dino’s return to San Francisco to work for the family business. “This is a tragic loss and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family,’’ Buck said.

On Monday, there will be a 5 p.m. Mass for Ghilotti at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 1400 Miller Dr. in Coral Gables, followed by a reception at Newman Alumni Center at the UM campus.

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