Second CNU Student Dies From Injuries In Sunday I-64 crash
A second student, Sierra Smith, 19, who graduated with honors in June from Woodside High School before entering CNU, died at the scene, said Virginia State Police Sgt. Michelle Anaya.
“These past two days have been heart-wrenching,” said Kevin Hughes, CNU dean of students, in an email to students and staff Monday. “I know they’ve taken their toll on many of you, so be sure to find comfort and support from each other and from the resources available to everyone.”
Smith, of Newport News, was a passenger in the 2004 Ford Taurus that was traveling westbound on I-64 near the Harpersville Road overpass. At 2:49 a.m., the Taurus collided head-on with a 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe that Evans was driving eastbound in the westbound lane, police said.
Smith had been riding in the middle of the back seat of the Taurus, wearing a lap restraint, Anaya said.
The driver of the Taurus, 22-year-old Williamsburg resident Laval Noel, was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Two other passengers in the Taurus were also transported to Riverside — 22-year-old Williamsburg resident Deno Rich and Emani Wade, an 18-year-old CNU student from Concord.