A fatal car crash in Charleston, SC on Friday killed two East Carolina University (ECU) students, as well as the driver of another car and seriously injured two more students, officials said Saturday. One student in the crash was one of Onslow’s own from Sneads Ferry, NC, 18-year-old James Edwin Stanley “Beau”.
Shea Crothers, 22, of 17 Avenue F, Charlotte, and James Edwin (Beau) Stanley, 18, of 533 Oyster Rock Lane, Sneads Ferry, were killed along with Walter Lee Prezzy Jr., 51, of 352 Curve Inn Road, Holly Hill, S.C., the Orangeburg County coroner said as reported by the Orangeburg Times & Democrat, a local newspaper.
Crothers and Stanley were traveling with two other students when their car collided with the car driven by Prezzy, Trooper 1st Class Tyler Tidwell told the Times & Democrat on Friday. The names of the two other students were not available.
ECU reported Saturday morning in a press release,
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.
Crisis counseling is available to anyone who needs it, the news release on the ECU site said.
“The full breadth of our staff and resources will be available to the students, faculty and staff on our campus,” said 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.”
The students were in a 2016 Honda on U.S. 15 between I-26 and Holly Hill, about an hour northwest of Charleston, Trooper Tidwell reported. The Honda collided with a northbound 1999 Acura sedan.
A passenger also was in the Acura. That passenger and the two ECU students who were injured were hospitalized, Trooper 1st Class Tidwell reported.
U.S. 15 is a two-lane highway, Tidwell said. The Acura was headed north on the road toward Holly Hill and the Honda was traveling south toward I-26.
No information about speed, seatbelts or possible causes has been made available as of yet. Tidwell said a specialized S.C. Highway Patrol unit is reviewing the incident and further information will follow.
“There are no words to express the amount of sadness we are feeling today,” Chancellor Cecil Staton said in the university news release. “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.”
Anyone needing to speak to a counselor this weekend may contact 252-328-6661 and select option “2” to speak with a crisis counselor.
Services will be available all next week to students by visiting the ECU Center for Counseling and Student Development in Umstead Hall.