Eleven students were inside of a SUV when it crashed in Rockbridge County on Tuesday morning and killed one person, according to Virginia State Police.
Washington and Lee University said Tuesday that 10 students were in the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe that crashed on Turkey Hill Road around 1:30 a.m. Tuesday. One of the students, 21-year-old Nicholas Hansel of New Orleans, has been charged with DUI. 21-year-old Kelsey Durkin of New Canaan, Connecticut, died in the accident.
Here are the names and hometowns of all 11 students who state police say were in the vehicle:
- Nicholas Hansel of New Orleans. Hansel has been charged with DUI.
- Wilson Hallett of Charlotte, N.C.
- Catherine Salm of Lakeland, Fla.
- , Pinkney Venning Beal of Columbia, S.C.
- Andrew Crum of Montgomery, Ala.
- George Ugart of Columbia, S.C.
- Virginia Dixon of Court Oakton, Va. Dison is in stable condition at UVA Hospital Medical Center.
- Ellen Gleason of Santa Barbara, Ca.
- Scott Gould of Nashville, Tenn.
- Thomas Wall (address unknown). Wall is being treated at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
- Kelsey Durkin of New Canaan, Conn. Durkin died in the accident.
Original story from Dec. 3, 2013
A Washington and Lee University student was killed and three other students were seriously injured in a single-vehicle accident early Tuesday morning in Rockbridge County. The driver has been charged with DUI.
21-year-old Kelsey Durkin died in the accident. She was a senior at Washington and Lee and was from New Canaan, Connecticut. A total of 10 students were in the car, according to the school.
The driver of the 2006 Chevy Tahoe, Nicholas Perry Hansel, has been charged with driving under the influence and refusing to take a breathalyzer, according to Virginia State Police. Hansel, 21, was taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital for minor injuries. He was arrested after being treated at the hospital. Hansel, who is from New Orleans, is being held in the Rockbridge County Jail.
The accident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Turkey Hill Road, about a half-mile south of Bethany Road. Police say the SUV went off the road at a low-lying bridge, and into a large tree stump before overturning and landing on a bank below.
Durkin was sitting in the back seat of the vehicle. She was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected, according to state police. Durkin was taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital in a private vehicle. She was pronounced dead on arrival.
A candlelight vigil will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of Lee Chapel on the campus of Washington and Lee University. All are welcome to attend.
“This is a tough day for us. No doubt this is a tough day, but I'm reminded of the strength of this community, one that has enormous ability to pull together, support each other, and I think we're seeing that in full force today,” Washington and Lee President Ken Ruscio said.
Two other students were airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center, and another student was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. In addition, three other students were treated at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital. Two students refused treatment.
The school has made counselors available.
"We are deeply concerned for the students who were involved in the accident and for everyone who knows them. Counselors are available for students at the Student Health Center; call 458-8401," Washington and Lee University wrote in a statement.
Durkin is being remembered as a young woman who cared about the W&L community and was incredibly involved.
She was a pre-orientation leader, an adviser in the sorority recruiting process, and a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma.
“She really cared about helping people as they transitioned into W&L. She took her role in the community very, very seriously,” Dean of Students Sidney Evans said.
Kelsey Durkin is being remembered as someone peers could look up to, and someone involved in collegiate life.
While school administrators say this might be a teachable moment, they say that will have to come later.
“Our primary concern has been the students involved and the students who are dealing with the loss of a friend,” Evans said.
Ruscio added: “When I think of the Durkin family and how the news must be affecting them, I think that really is our first thought right now. It's a loss for the community to be sure, but it's a loss for that family.”
Washington and Lee University statement
TO: The Washington and Lee Community
FROM: President Kenneth P. Ruscio
DATE: Dec. 3, 2013