ECU Student/PCC Graduate Dies In Memorial Drive Crash

Police now say the driver critically injured in Tuesday afternoon's crash on Memorial Drive in Greenville has died.

The man has been identified as 32-year-old Ash Smith of Ayden. East Carolina University says Smith was a current student, while Pitt Community College says the man was a 2010 graduate.

The accident happened around 1:15 p.m. at Memorial and U.S. 264.

Police say Smith's vehicle was stopped at the red light on Memorial when a oncoming Jeep struck his vehicle.

The accident closed northbound traffic on the busy highway for almost 2 hours.

According to PCC, Smith was on track to graduate next semester from ECU with a double major in physics and mechanical engineering. He was featured in PCC's career Focus magazine in the spring of 2011.

Police say the crash remains under investigation.

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A major Greenville thoroughfare has reopened after a serious accident partially shut it down this afternoon. Police now say one of the drivers has not died, as earlier reported.

Authorities say the crash happened around 1:15 p.m. on North Memorial Drive at the U.S. 264 on ramp. Greenville police say northbound traffic on Highway 11 was shut down until 3:00 p.m.

Police at first told WITN that the driver of one of the vehicles was killed, but Sgt. Joe Friday says that person is still alive, though critically injured.

Friday says a silver Honda heading north on Memorial was stopped at the light and a Jeep slammed into the back of the vehicle. The vehicle ended up in the median.

The Jeep's driver was sent to Vidant Medical Center with unknown injuries.

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