CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A Longwood University student was killed and another person injured in a single-vehicle accident on Rt. 360 in Chesterfield County.
The accident occurred in the 20200 block of Hull Street Road (Rt. 360) around 7:35 p.m. Tuesday in the vicinity of Skinquarter Road. Police say a 1999 Isuzu Rodeo, driven by 19-year-old Shiv Sharma, was traveling eastbound on Hull Street Road when it left the roadway and struck a tree.
Sharma, of the 8800 block of Cromwell Drive in Springfield, Va., was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to an area hospital.
Longwood University’s president released a statement after the accident, which said that Sharma was a student there. Read the statement below:
In the early evening last night, there was a terrible single-vehicle car accident about 40 miles from campus, in which one of our students died, Shiv Sharma, a vibrant figure on campus who was a sophomore political science major from Springfield, VA.
The spring is supposed to be a time of celebration and of anticipation for the future. For all of Longwood today, it is a time to mourn this great loss. As we hold Shiv’s family in our thoughts, please also care for one another, in the tight-knit spirit that marks the heart of our university. Our counseling center is open and available for any student who feels the need to talk with someone.
We are in touch with Shiv’s family and will share news of service and memorial arrangements in the days ahead.
Terri Asbury was working in an ice cream truck nearby where the wreck occurred. She said the accident sounded like “a big explosion.”
I heard it as I was at the window and I looked over,” she said. “I see these cars, and it sounded like a big explosion. Sad. Totally sad. As a parent I couldn’t even imagine. Such a young age.”
Police are still investigating the crash.
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