W&L Students Involved in Fatal Early Morning Crash

Dec 3, 2013

State Police continue their investigation of a crash that claimed the life of one Washington and Lee University student and injured seven others. 

Three remain in the hospital, and the university held a vigil Tuesday evening.

The tragedy occurred on a rural road outside Lexington.

“Around 1:30 this morning, on Turkey Hill Road, which is in Rockbridge County, a 2006 Tahoe was traveling southbound when the vehicle ran off the left side of the roadway, hit a tree stump and overturned," said Sgt. Robert Carpentieri.

A 21-year-old passenger, Kelsey Durkin of New Canaan, Ct., was killed.

“Miss Durkin was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, and she was ejected from the vehicle.”

The driver, 21-year-old Nicholas Hansel of New Orleans was not seriously injured. 

“Hansel was treated and released and then placed under arrest for DUI and refusal, and he’s currently being held in the Rockbridge County Jail.”

Five other students were treated at Carillion Stonewall Jackson Hospital.  Two of them were then admitted to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville and a third is at Carillion in Roanoke.