Two incoming freshman at Wingate University were on their way to a ropes challenge course on the morning of August 14 when they were killed in an automobile accident in Union County that caused three others to suffer personal injuries, according to authorities.
The teenagers were part of a caravan of students in an academic enrichment program for incoming freshmen en route from the university to the nearby team-building course.
According to Trooper R.L. Lankford, a Saturn driven by 18-year-old Fayetteville resident Mishawn Miller ran a stop sign at White Store Road around 9 a.m. and was hit on the driver’s side by a grain truck.
Miller and 18-year-old Greensboro resident Arielle Parker, who was sitting on the right side of the back seat, died upon impact.
Another passenger, 18-year-old Charlotte resident Marcelle Louba, was transported to Carolinas Medical Center, where she was listed in critical but stable condition. Another passenger, 19-year-old Greencastle, Pennsylvania resident Kendric Reid, received treatment at the hospital for minor injuries.
The grain truck’s driver, 52-year-old Ellberbe resident Carlton Watkins also received treatment for minor injuries.