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

Wingate: Two killed, three hurt in accident

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

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


The driver of the grain

truck, 52-year-old Carlton Watkins, of Ellberbe, was also treated for minor


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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