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UPDATE: One arrested in crash that killed W&L Student

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One Washington & Lee student is dead and another has been arrested following a single vehicle crash in Rockbridge County Tuesday morning.

A total of ten students were involved in the wreck, which happened along Turkey Hill Road.  Senior Kelsey Durkin was killed.  Three others remain hospitalized.

Virginia State Police say driver of the car, Nicholas Hansel of New Orleans, was arrested and charged with DUI.

The university held a vigil Tuesday evening for Durkin and other students.



A Washington & Lee University student was killed and nine others injured in an early morning wreck in Rockbridge County, the school announced Tuesday.

It was not immediately clear where the crash took place.  We're still waiting to hear back from Virginia State Police.

The university says ten students were involved in the single-vehicle wreck.  Kelsey Durkin, a senior from New Canaan, Connecticut, was identified as the student who died.

The students were taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital following the wreck.  Two were then transported to the UVA Medical Center and one was sent to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  The others have since been treated and released.

In a statement, W&L President Kenneth Ruscio said:

"Our hearts go out to Kelsey Durkin and her many friends on this campus.  Kelsey, a senior from New Canaan, Connecticut, was the student who died in the accident early this morning.

There are no words to express the grief we feel over the loss of someone taken from us so suddenly and tragically. In the days ahead, in the weeks and months ahead, our sadness will be lessened only by the memories of her time with us.

This is a community of compassion and caring friendships. That makes the sadness we feel deep and genuine.  But this is also a community of strength and support for one another, and we need now more than ever to call upon that most precious quality. I don’t need to remind you to be there for one another, to draw support from our ability to care for each other, to keep the Durkin family especially in your thoughts and prayers, and to be there for them.

We will continue to provide information and updates, including plans for a memorial service for Kelsey, as they become available.

We also are in touch with the families of the other students who were injured and will let you know of their conditions, as we are able to."

The university says counselors are available to students.  Members of the W&L Office of Student Affairs are at the hospitals in Charlottesville and Roanoke hospitals to offer support and assistance.

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