Second CNU Student Dies From Injuries In Sunday I-64 crash

NEWPORT NEWS — A second Christoper Newport University student has died from injuries suffered in a wrong-way head-on collision Sunday on Interstate 64.
Kimberley Brin, 17, of the U.S. Virgin Islands died Monday at Riverside Regional Medical Center in Newport News.
Brin was a passenger in the vehicle that was struck by Jesse Leon Evans Jr., 33, of Newport News. Evans was driving the wrong way on Interstate 64 on Sunday when he struck a Ford Taurus, according to state police, who say alcohol was a contributing factor in the 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.”

Related: Man accused of driving wrong way before fatal I-64 crash had pending DUI trial

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.


7 Comments on “Second CNU Student Dies From Injuries In Sunday I-64 crash

  1. As a CNU alum and being in the area when this happened, this is truly heart-breaking. We lost a CNU student/athlete to an alcohol-related car accident the end of last semester as well and I don't think the CNU community has fully recovered from that. In case anyone wants to join, I believe, CNU students are having a "Blue-Out" day this Friday, students are wearing blue in memory of Kimberley and Sierra.

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