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W&L Student Killed, 9 Others Injured in Rockbridge Co. Wreck

Dec. 3, 2013

The Washington & Lee University community is mourning the loss of a student, killed early Tuesday morning in a DUI crash in Rockbridge County.

Police say the single-vehicle accident happened around 1:30 a.m. on Turkey Hill Road. There were 10 students riding in a 2006 Chevy Tahoe.

Twenty-one-year-old Kelsey Durkin of New Canaan was killed in the crash. Durkin was not wearing a seat belt, and was reportedly thrown from the SUV.

Three other students were seriously injured in the wreck. Two were flown to the UVa. Medical Center, and one was flown to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

The driver, 21-year-old Nicholas Hansel of New Orleans, has been charged with driving under the influence and is being held at the Rockbridge County Jail.

William & Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio released a statement, saying in part:

"Our hearts go out to the family of 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."

Click on the link on the side to read the full statement from Ruscio, as well as other updates from the university.

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