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Chapel Hill woman headed home after injuries in fatal Va. crash

Posted April 8, 2013 6:27 p.m. EDT
Updated April 8, 2013 7:04 p.m. EDT

— A Chapel Hill woman seriously injured when a charter bus overturned Friday in Virginia has been released from a hospital there to be closer to home.

A spokesman for Norfolk General Hospital says Theresa Watson, who was listed in fair condition, was discharged and transferred to UNC Hospitals following Friday's crash in Capron that killed her husband, 58-year-old Doval Emmanuel Watson.

Authorities say the bus was carrying a group of students to a college open house at Hampton University when the driver, Larry Brocks, lost control, ran off the road and overturned in a ditch.

Six passengers ranging from ages 13 to 17 escaped injury. Brocks, 62, of Raleigh, has been charged with reckless driving.

The Watsons, who have four children, were serving as chaperones on the trip, according to their pastor, Thomas Nixon, of St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church in Chapel Hill.

"The kids are all coping. It's a big adjustment. There's no script for this," Thomas said Monday. "It's a day-by-day situation that they're now learning to accept and deal with."

Thomas said the Watsons were involved in every aspect of church life, from music to sports to community outreach.

"They're the kind of members that every pastor and congregation would love to have," he said. "It's a family that's very hands-on in this congregation. It is hard."