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Sina Masihabadi '13 April 7, 2011 3:30 PM

Published Sunday, April 03, 2011 (in) The Bryan-College Station Eagle

Aggie's name who died in crash released


The name of a 26-year-old Texas doctoral student killed in a traffic accident was released Saturday, a day after the wreck on F.M. 1774 in Grimes County.

Sina Masihabadi, who was studying industrial engineering at Texas A&M, came to College Station after receiving a bachelor's degree and master's from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran.

According to Department of Public Safety Trooper Will Kettler's report, around 4:20 p.m. Masihabadi was driving a 2010 Chevrolet four-door south on F.M. 1774, eight miles south of Plantersville, when his vehicle entered a side skid and crossed into the northbound lane of traffic.

The driver of the second vehicle, Crystal Lynn Sechelski, of Navasota, was traveling north, saw Masihabadi's vehicle, and left the roadway, pulling her 2009 Chevrolet SUV to the right to avoid crashing.

According to the report, Masihabadi's car continued to slide and collided with Sechelski's vehicle.

She wasn't injured in the accident. Masihabadi was pronounced dead at the scene at 5 p.m.

The posted speed limit on that stretch of road is 70 mph. Masihabadi was wearing his seatbelt, according to the report.

His body was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner in Austin for an autopsy.

It was unclear late Saturday what caused his vehicle to skid across the roadway, but an investigation is ongoing, DPS officials said.

According to an A&M website, Masihabadi had worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering since his arrival at the university.

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