Two incoming Wingate University students killed in crash
Posted August 14, 2010
Updated August 15, 2010
Monroe, N.C. — The state Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal accident involving Wingate University students.
At about 9 a.m. Saturday, a group of students were in a vehicle that ran a stop sign and was struck by a farm truck at the intersection of White Store and Old Pageland Monroe roads, troopers said.
Driver Mi'Shawn Miller, of Fayetteville, and passenger Arielle Parker, of Greensboro, were killed, troopers said.
Two other passengers – Marcelle Louba, of Charlotte, and Kendric Reid, of Pennsylvania – and the truck driver, Carlton Watkins, were transported to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. Reid and Watkins have been released. Louba's condition was listed as serious Sunday.
University officials said that all of the students were involved in Wingate's Early Academic Enrichment program. They were headed to a leadership training activity six miles from campus at the time of the crash.
Relatives said that Miller had moved to campus a couple weeks ago and was planning to study computer science and business. He graduated this spring from Westover High School, where he played on the basketball team.
"Mi'Shawn was my everything. He was my male figure in life," his 14-year-old sister Justice Miller said. "I really didn't have a chance to tell him everything."
“I've known him since he was 2 years old. He was like a little brother to me. There's nothing that can replace Mishawn,” his cousin Natasha Edwards said.
Miller's relatives said they'll have to carry on with him in their hearts.
"No matter what, we'll always be here, and we'll see him some day real soon," Edwards said.