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Tech international student dies in Friday night car accident

A Tech International student from Saudi Arabia died in a one-vehicle crash traveling North Bound County Farm Road late last Friday night, according to Tennessee Highway Patrol.

The victim was identified as Hassan M. Alnasser, 25. Alnasser was a senior finance major scheduled to graduate this December.

“Alnasser was as funny and helpful a person as I ever have seen in my life,” said Bhyrin Alajmi, Alnasser’s roommate and vice president of the Saudi Club of Cookeville. “I was in Nashville when this incident happened, and hospital called me nine hours after his death.”

Alnasser was a very active member of Tech’s Saudi Club.

According to THP, the victim was driving a 2007 Lexus E35. The car ran off the right side of the road and struck a tree. The crash caused the vehicle to break into two pieces.

“We found out about incident within an hour, around 12:15 a.m.,” Andrew Bleignier, immigration specialist for International Student Affairs, said. (   “We were working on identifying victim and in the meantime we were trying to get in touch with the Saudi Embassy. And finally, we got complete information about the student around 2:30 a.m.

“We then reported to the embassy and the family was notified.”

Fahad Alanzi, president of the Saudi Club of Cookeville said that Alnasser’s body was sent back to his family and was received on Wednesday. He said he was saddened by the tragedy.

“Hassan will be missed by everyone who met this very special young man,” Alanzi said. “I wish my condolences to his friends and the Saudi students at Tennessee Tech.”