2 ECU students killed, 2 injured after crash in South Carolina

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GREENVILLE, NC (WNCT/AP) – Two ECU students killed and two other students injured after a car crash in South Carolina Friday afternoon. 

The crash happened on US Highway 15 near Holly Hill, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

Highway patrol says the ECU students were traveling in a 2016 Honda when they collided with a 1999 Acura. There were 2 people in the Acura, one passed away.

According to a statement from ECU, 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.

The Orangeburg County Coroner’s office identified the victims as 22-year-old Shea Crothers of Charlotte, 18-year-old James Stanley of Sneads Ferry and 51-year-old Walter Lee Prezzy Jr. of Holly Hill, South Carolina.

Authorities say Crothers and Stanley were passengers in the car in which two fellow ECU students were seriously injured. Prezzy was the driver of the second car.

“We are deeply saddened this morning to share news of the loss of members of our East Carolina University family,” reads a statement from East Carolina University.

“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 Associated Press contributed to this report

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