‘Devastating’ – ECU students who died in SC crash are identified

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT/WNCN) — East Carolina University said Saturday that crisis counseling services will be available all next week after two students died and two others were injured in a wreck Friday.

“There are no words to express the amount of sadness we are feeling today,” Chancellor Cecil Staton said Saturday in a news release.

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

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the ECU students were traveling in a 2016 Honda when they collided with a 1999 Acura. There were two people in the Acura, one passed away.

All four students are members of ECU’s fraternity and sorority community.

The Orangeburg County Coroner’s office identified the ECU students who died as Shea Crothers, 22, of Charlotte and James Stanley, 18, of Sneads Ferry.

Officials said that 51-year-old Walter Lee Prezzy Jr. of Holly Hill, South Carolina also died.

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.

“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 Saturday statement from Staton said.

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 at 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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