A single vehicle accident in Lexington, Virginia, this week left one Washington & Lee University student dead and another arrested.

Authorities in Rockbridge County said Nicholas Hansel was intoxication when he crashed his 2006 Chevrolet Tahoe Tuesday killing Kelsey Durkin, a senior from New Canaan, Connecticut.

Hansel, of Orleans, was charged with DUI.

Nine other students were also injured in the early morning accident along Turkey Hill Road.  They were all taken to Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital following the accident.  Seven were treated them released, but two were later transported to the UVA Medical Center.

The condition of those two students was not available at press time.

In a statement released by Washington & Lee University President Kenneth Ruscio said:

“Our hearts go out to Kelsey Durkin and her many friends on this campus.  Kelsey, a senior from New Canaan, Connecticut, was the student who died in the accident early this morning.
There are no words to express the grief we feel over the loss of someone taken from us so suddenly and tragically. In the days ahead, in the weeks and months ahead, our sadness will be lessened only by the memories of her time with us.

This is a community of compassion and caring friendships. That makes the sadness we feel deep and genuine.  But this is also a community of strength and support for one another, and we need now more than ever to call upon that most precious quality. I don’t need to remind you to be there for one another, to draw support from our ability to care for each other, to keep the Durkin family especially in your thoughts and prayers, and to be there for them.

We will continue to provide information and updates, including plans for a memorial service for Kelsey, as they become available.

We also are in touch with the families of the other students who were injured and will let you know of their conditions, as we are able to.”

The university says counselors are available to students.  Members of the W&L Office of Student Affairs are at the hospitals in Charlottesville and Roanoke hospitals to offer support and assistance.

Durkin, a 2010 graduate from New Canaan High School, played defenseman on her high school girls hockey team that won both county and state titles in 2010.

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