Written by Roberta Anderson
Friday - Washington and Lee will hold a memorial service for Kelsey Durkin on Monday, Dec. 9, at 5:30 p.m. in Lee Chapel. Kelsey, a member of the class of 2014, was from New Canaan, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions in Kelsey’s memory. Information about where to direct memorial contributions will come later.
The service will also be streamed to Stackhouse Theater and Northen Auditorium.
Wednesday - New information released on Wednesday by the Virginia State Police states that there were 11 passengers in the 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe that overturned early Tuesday morning on Turkey Hill Road, killing Washington and Lee University senior Kelsey Durkin of New Canaan, Conn.
Originally state police had said there were 10 students in the vehicle.
A vigil was held in front of Lee Chapel Tuesday evening in memory of Kelsey Durkin. (Kevin Remington photo for W&L)
The driver of the vehicle, Nicholas Hansel, 21, of New Orleans, La. has been charged with driving while intoxicated.
One student, Thomas Wall, 20, remains in Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
The names of the other students as identified by the state police are
Wilson Hallett, 22 of Charlotte, N.C.
Catherine Salm, 20, of Lakeland, Fla.
Pinkney Beal, 18, of Columbia, S.C.
Andrew Crum, 20, of Montgomery, Ala.
George Ugart, 19, of Columbia, S.C.
Virginia Dixon, 19, of Court Oakton
Ellen Gleason, 21, of Santa Barbara, Calif.
Scott Gould, 21. of Nashville, Tenn.
Alcohol was a factor in the death of a Washington and Lee University student who was killed in an early morning accident Tuesday.
Virginia State Police said the crash occurred at 1:30 a.m. near the intersection of Turkey Hill and Bethany roads.
Kelsey H. Durkin, 21, of New Canaan, Conn., was transported to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital by private vehicle and pronounced dead on arrival, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri. Durkin was seated in a rear passenger seat and was not wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. She was ejected from the vehicle. The vehicle, a 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe, was carrying 10 people.
The driver of the Tahoe, Nicholas Perry Hansel, age 21, of New Orleans, La., has been charged by state police with driving while intoxicated. Hansel was transported to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital for minor injuries he sustained in the crash. Following treatment, Hansel was arrested. He has also been charged with refusal to take a breathalyzer test.
Carpentieri reported that the preliminary investigation revealed that the SUV was traveling southbound on Turkey Hill Road when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway and hit a tree stump before overturning.
Two other students were airlifted to the University of Virginia Medical Center and one was airlifted to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital. In addition, three other students were treated for their injuries at Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital and two students refused treatment.
State police are continuing their investigation of the incident.