For many college students, spring break is one of the highlights. During this break from school, the students might opt to travel to somewhere warm and sunny, so they can enjoy the great outdoors. A spring break trip to Florida ended in a sad tragedy for some students from Duke University.
Students from the university were returning from a five-day camping and canoeing trip along Blackwater River. Seven students riding in a van with the director of Duke's Outdoor Adventures program were struck by another vehicle in Florida. One of those seven students died in the March 14 accident.
The victim was a senior who was completing a double major. She was studying mathematics and computer science. She was on the dean's list. A vice-president at the university, a dean from the university and a police chief met with the woman's family to express their condolences. The Vice President for Student Affairs at the university said that the woman "was a shining light" for the school.
Another student who was involved in the car accident was airlifted to a Pensacola hospital. He was listed in stable condition.
Charges are pending against the driver of the vehicle that hit the university's van. Despite the criminal charges being placed against the driver, the people injured in the accident might have the right to seek compensation for their injuries. Likewise, the family of the student who was killed might decide to seek compensation for her death. Seeking the advice of a legal professional familiar with these proceedings can help them to get answers to questions they may have about pursuing compensation.
Source: WNCN, "7 Duke students involved in car crash in Florida, 1 dead" No author given, Mar. 15, 2014