Crash kills Chowan College student

Published 12:00 am Thursday, March 25, 2004

MILLENNIUM – A Chowan College sophomore was tragically killed near here early Wednesday morning following a two-vehicle crash on NC 11.

Jennifer Todd, 20, of Kill Devil Hills, was operating a 1988 Hyundai passenger vehicle traveling north on NC 11 at approximately 7:24 a.m.

Just after passing the Millennium Road intersection, Todd’s vehicle apparently drifted left of center and collided with a 1995 Jeep, driven by Prentiss Gilliam, 34, of Windsor. The two vehicles struck head-on.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper J.D. Noble, the investigating officer, said Todd was not wearing a seat belt.

Using a Hurst tool, it took a team of firefighters from the Ahoskie and Millennium departments over 90 minutes to cut away the twisted metal in order for rescue workers to get to Todd.

Gilliam, traveling south on NC 11, was injured and taken to Roanoke-Chowan Hospital. He was later airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital in Greenville. There, a hospital spokesperson said they were unaware of his condition.

Damages to Gilliam’s vehicle were listed at $6,000. Todd’s car suffered $3,000 in damage.

As a result of the accident, NC 11 was closed in both directions for nearly three hours.

The scene of that accident was nearly identical to the location where a mother and young son from Greenville were tragically killed in a two-vehicle mishap shortly before Christmas of last year.