2 ECU students among 3 killed in SC car crash

April 14, 2019

Two East Carolina University students died in a crash in South Carolina on Friday afternoon, the university said Saturday. Two other ECU students were injured.

WITN reported the two-vehicle crash happened on U.S. Highway 15 about 3 miles west of Holly Hill.

The S.C. Highway Patrol said a 2016 Honda coupe was traveling south and a 1999 Acura sedan was traveling north when the two collided, WITN reported. Two people in the Honda and the driver of the Acura died.

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

The four students were members of the university’s fraternity and sorority community, the school said.

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

Crisis counselors will be available to ECU students on campus next week. Students wishing to speak to a counselor during the weekend can call 252-328-6661 and select option 2.