ECU mourns deaths of students in accident

ORANGEBURG, SC (WITN) - Students and college leaders at ECU are mourning the death of two students involved in a head-on collision in South Carolina and they are praying for two other students who were injured in that crash.

Authorities say 20-year-old Shea Crothers, a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma, and 18-year-old James Stanley of Phi Gamma Delta, died in the head-on crash Friday afternoon in Holly Hill.

In addition to the two ECU students killed, the driver in the second car also died.

John Mountz, ECU Director of Greek Life says, "We're all saddened by the loss of our students. We're very hopeful for the students who are recovering, and again, as a university, we're going to do everything we can to support them."

Crisis counseling services are available for students all this week.

South Carolina troopers haven't said what caused the crash.

Funeral services for Crothers are set for this Thursday at the Brunswick Memorial Home in East Brunswick, New Jersey.

Funeral arrangements for Stanley are not available at this time.

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ECU is providing more information on a tragic accident from Friday night in South Carolina that killed two students and injured two more.

The university says, "We are deeply saddened this morning to share news of the loss of members of our East Carolina University family.

On Friday afternoon, four ECU students were involved in a serious vehicle accident in South Carolina.

Two students died and two students were seriously injured in the crash and are in the hospital. All four students are members of ECU’s fraternity and sorority community.

“There are no words to express the amount of sadness we are feeling today,” said Chancellor Cecil Staton. “This is truly devastating news, and we ask that all Pirates come together and join me in holding these students and their families deeply in our hearts and prayers during this unspeakable time.”

The university will share additional information in the coming days as it becomes available.

“The full breadth of our staff and resources will be available to the students, faculty and staff on our campus,” said Dr. Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs. “We will have crisis counselors as well as members of the Dean of Students Office, the Division of Student Affairs and ECU’s entire community ready to assist our students through this tragic time.”

Crisis counseling services will be available all next week to students by visiting the ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development in Umstead Hall. For anyone needing to speak to a counselor this weekend, contact 252-328-6661 and select option “2” to speak with a crisis counselor."

The Orangeburg County Coroner says 20-year-old Shea Crothers of New Jersey, an ECU student, and 18-year-old James Stanley of Sneads Ferry, also an ECU student, were the two in the Honda who died.

The Highway Patrol says the two-vehicle crash happened on U.S. Highway 15 near Theater Drive, about three miles west of Holly Hill.

Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell says a 2016 Honda coupe was traveling south on Highway 15 and a 1999 Acura Sedan was traveling north when the two collided.

The driver of the Acura was also killed.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing.


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Three people were killed in a two vehicle crash in South Carolina Friday, one of which is an ECU student, according to her Facebook profile.

The Times and Democrat newspaper in South Carolina reports the two-vehicle crash happened on U.S. Highway 15 near Theater Drive, about three miles west of Holly Hill.

S.C. Highway Patrol Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell tells the paper a 2016 Honda coupe was traveling south on Highway 15 and a 1999 Acura Sedan was traveling north when the two collided.

Two people in the Honda died, while the driver of the Acura was also killed.

The Orangeburg County Coroner says 22-year-old Shea Crothers of Charlotte, an ECU student, and 18-year-old James Stanley of Sneads Ferry, were the two in the Honda who died.

Walter Lee Prezzy Jr., 51 of Holly Hill, was driving the Acura and was killed.

The crash remains under investigation by the S.C. Highway Patrol.