Wingate: Two killed, three hurt in accident
    August 16 2010 by wire reports

    Two students attending an academic enrichment program for incoming freshmen at Wingate University were killed Aug. 14 in a Union County car accident.

    The students were in a caravan to a nearby team-building course.

    According to the Charlotte Observer, Trooper R.L. Lankford said a Saturn being driven by Mishawn Miller, 18, of Fayetteville, ran a stop sign at White Store Road about 9 a.m. and was struck on the driver’s side by a grain truck. Miller and Arielle Parker, 18, of Greensboro, who was sitting on the right side of the back seat, were killed on impact.

    Marcelle Louba, 18, a Mallard Creek graduate from Charlotte, was sitting behind the driver. She was in critical but stable condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

    Kendric Reid, 19, of Greencastle, Pa., was in the front passenger seat. He was treated at the hospital for minor injuries. All four were wearing seat belts.

    The driver of the grain truck, 52-year-old Carlton Watkins, of Ellberbe, was also treated for minor injuries. Lankford said alcohol and drugs didn’t seem to be a factor in the crash.

    “A witness there said the Saturn never slowed down,” Lankford said. “The driver of the grain truck said he didn’t see him until it was too late.”

    Wingate spokeswoman Jennifer Gaskins said the program was new to the university this year. Aimed at helping incoming freshmen adjust to college life, the 21 students that arrived Aug. 1 had become close friends.

    “Right now all of our prayers and support are focused upon the families and the classmates of these students,” Wingate University President Jerry McGee said in a statement. “This is heartbreaking news as these promising young men and women were and are new members of our campus family.”

    The rest of the student body begins moving in Friday, and classes begin Aug. 24. University officials met with other members of the group on Saturday, Gaskins said.

    “We're just very saddened and just doing everything we can to support the students,” Gaskins said. “We have not had a tragedy like this since I can remember.”

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