UPDATE Students React After ECU Student Charged in Fatal Accident

Students at ECU are reacting to news that a fellow student is charged in an accident that killed two students after she fell asleep.

Kamil Arrington is charged with two counts of death by motor vehicle. She was the driver of the car that veered off Greenville Boulevard and hit a tree back in November--two of her sorority sisters inside were killed, Briana Gather and Victoria Carter.

Police believe Arrington fell asleep at the time of the crash leading to the two deaths. Lt Williams says, "The statute is designed for unfortunate situations such as this where there was no intention but there was failure to maintain lane control and the result was deaths."

ECU student Kelsey Riggs says "I don't think they should have charged her with anything, because it was a complete accident."

ECU student body president Tremayne smith says, "There is an account to give for our actions, whether they are negligent or on purpose, or just a matter of it just happened, but I do know now that it's in the legal system it will be worked out there properly."

Greenville police haven't released any more details about what may have happened before the crash.

ECU officials say there will be no investigation on there end because it happened off campus.

Arrington's court date is set for March 21st.

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The driver of a car that crashed back in November and killed two ECU sorority sisters has been charged.

Greenville police say 20-year-old Kamil Arrington of Nashville fell asleep at the wheel. She has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.

The single car crash happened around 6:30 a.m. on November 20th near the intersection of Greenville Boulevard and Rosewood Dr. when the vehicle ran off the road and collided with a tree.

20-year-old Victoria Carter of Raleigh was pronounced dead at the scene, while 20-year-old Briana Gather of Kernersville died the next day. A fourth student, 19-year-old Taylor King of Greenville, survived the crash.

All four women were members of the pledge class for Delta Sigma Theta at East Carolina.

Dr. Virginia Hardy, ECU Vice Provost for Student Affairs, told WITN News that the women were going to get their hair done in advance of a sorority induction ceremony later that evening.

Arrington was released after posting a $1,000 secured bond.


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  • by S on Feb 14, 2011 at 07:54 PM
    I pray that throughout it all, you keep your faith, Kamil. This is only a test.I loved Vicki dearly, but I know she as well as Bri have forgiven you. NO ONE will ever know how you feel, so they can only speak from anger and hurt. Keep your faith, and know that there are people who are praying for you. Keep your faith.
  • by A mother Location: Kentucky on Feb 14, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    I have read the comments and the thoughts and feelings of everyone that this young lady should be punished. She will be punished in her mind for the rest of her life. Sending her to jail is a gross injustice. I was the driver of a car that ran off the road and left a girl paralized from the waist down. We were also in college. She surrived but 8 years later died from the injuries. I have to live with this terrrible tragedy. The guilt never totally goes away. It was what it was, an accident. My prayer is for Kamil to begin to heal. She is going though HELL now and needs support, love and forgiveness so that she can live her life. Those youth would have wanted it that way. They would not want her to be punished. We must learn how to live to grieve and to forgive others. They will meet again one day and Kamil will find that she was forgiven by God and by both young ladies. Pray for Kamil,she was left here for a reason. It was not to be punished but to give hope to others.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 10, 2011 at 08:34 AM
    mac, you are obviously one of those people who think that simply saying "I didn't mean to" is a legitimate excuse for making poor choices. Her choice was to pull over when she started feeling so tired or continue to drive and put others at risk. She made the wrong choice and people died. She was negligent period.
  • by Tina Location: North Carolina on Feb 9, 2011 at 02:57 PM
    Unfortunate. The law clearly states that if you are too sleepy to drive and cause an accident, you are at fault. You are expected to either not drive or pull over and take a cat nap. You make the decision to drive when falling asleep, you are endangering others. Sorry.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 9, 2011 at 12:33 PM
    Leave this young women alone.You cops are allways tryng to charge someone with something.Get a real job!
  • by Accident or not Location: ENC on Feb 9, 2011 at 04:59 AM
    The issue here is not that it was an accident. The issue is that there were deaths involved with this accident. When there is a death due to the actions of another, charges will always be filed. If it is found that others actions(hazing) contributed to this accident, then they should be charged also. This is a tragedy all the way around, but the law clearly dictates that charges are warranted..... whether it was her fault or not. Personally, I think it was her fault, for she was driving the car.
  • by Not Her Fault Location: Georgia on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:45 PM
    I've read the comments and when they say this was the night before their initiation, where were the "big sisters"? And they reported that it was 2 car loads of them, where did the other car go? I don't blame this young lady, I feel like the girls that were "pledging" them are to blame. They kept them up and I'm pretty sure they scheduled the hair appointment. Usually when you "come out" you all have to look alike so that's why they were going so early in the morning. Kamil isn't the guilty one here. It's the ones that kept her up making sure she "knew history, mottos" and everything else. It's ashame they are letting her take the wrap for their irresponsibility and hazing tactics. Why hasn't ecu done more investigating? At my campus, you get caught hazing your organization is suspended......
  • by Compassionate Location: Greensboro on Feb 8, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    This is a terrible tragedy, indeed. I pray for all the families involved & for the mothers of both Briana & Victoria, and I pray for Kamil. I know this is a difficult time for all of them. I could see how people may blame Greek life considering that's what they were in preparation for. But pointing fingers will not bring them back. I know God is in control of this situation :)
  • by Mac on Feb 8, 2011 at 02:10 PM
    the more i scroll down reading your comments the more I think everyone that posts is an idiot. Falling asleep is the same as drunk driving? Are you kidding? Who is not tired at some point of the day? Who has never been tired at the wheel? Who is perfect? Some of you have zero logic in your argument. This is what I gather from the rants. 1)We should blame hazing for her falling asleep 2)Driving tired is the same as driving drunk 3)The courts should hold everyone accountable for the actions including any/all accidents 4)Greeks are evil 5)ECU is horrible.....That is what I gather and just looking at it makes me laugh. You people need a life. I hope all you perfect people continue to drive safely and please excuse the imperfections of every other human being on your earth
  • by Mac on Feb 8, 2011 at 01:57 PM
    So I guess we should charge all of you with a crime every time your in an accident. So if a man walks in front of me and i fail to stop in time, i'm at fault? Thats why we call it an accident. If she was drunk I would be for prosecution, but falling asleep, come on people. It will never hold up in court. How many jury members will prosecute a woman who already has to live with the guilt? The answer is none. It is just a shame to put this girl through it again. The courts can not and will not let this go through. People are not perfect and the law can not expect it.
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