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W&L Student Killed, 9 Others Injured in Wreck

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WRIC)—Virginia State Police are investigating a fatal single-vehicle crash that killed a Washington & Lee University student and injured nine others early Tuesday morning.

Around 1:30 a.m. on Dec. 3, a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe carrying 10 passengers was traveling southbound on Turkey Hill Road, near Bethany Road, in Rockbridge County. The Tahoe ran off the left side of the road and hit a tree stump before overturning.

The driver, 21-year-old Nicholas Perry Hansel, of New Orleans, was treated for minor injuries at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was then arrested and charged with DUI and Refusal; Hansel is currently being held in the Rockbridge County Jail.

Kelsey H. Durkin, 21, of New Canaan, Conn., was riding in the backseat without a seatbelt. She was ejected from the Tahoe during the crash and was pronounced dead on arrival at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.

Two students were airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center, and one was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. Three other students were treated for injuries at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital; two refused treatment.

The investigation into the accident is ongoing. Stay with 8News on air and online for updates.


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