Charges filed in crash that killed 3 JMU students

Fortune Campbell, a student from the University of Richmond, has been charged in connection with the crash that killed three classmates. The car, in which the accident occurred near the Virginia-West Virginia line on February 2, belonged to James Madison University and was carrying five students.

HARDY COUNTY, W.Va. — Fortune Campbell, a student from the University of Richmond, has been charged in connection with the crash that killed three classmates. The car, in which the accident occurred near the Virginia-West Virginia line on February 2, belonged to James Madison University and was carrying five students.

On May 15, the charges were brought forth. Fortune, who is 19 years old, faced official charges of careless manslaughter (3x), careless operation of a vehicle, possession of alcohol while underage, absence of insurance documentation, and exceeding the speed limit.

A minor careless killing charge in West Virginia carries a maximum punishment of one year in prison.

Investigators from the Sheriff’s office revealed that Dawson Steven, the County Sheriff, mentioned that the students who were involved in the crash had previously been at a club where they had consumed alcohol before driving.

In a February email regarding the accident, a spokesperson from the Hardy County Sheriff’s Office stated, “Upon reaching the location, deputies were able to establish that the vehicle involved had been moving in a southern direction prior to veering off the road and colliding with a tree.” “At the time of the incident, the road was dry and the weather conditions were clear. There were no visible signs of skid or yaw marks on the road’s surface, suggesting no evasive maneuvers were made, and no evidence of hitting an animal.”

All 19 people who were killed in the crash were majoring in communication studies at Williamsburg, majoring in business management at Richmond, majoring in design and media arts at Richmond, and sophomore, Luke John Fergusson.

Fortune sustained injuries in the accident.

His upcoming court hearing has not been scheduled yet.

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