ECU sophomore from Wilson dies after being hit by car

Samuel Matthew Mayo in a Facebook photo. Google maps image of the area where the incident happened.

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An ECU student is dead after a pedestrian-vehicle accident early Sunday morning in Greenville.

The university has identified the student as 19-year-old Samuel Matthew Mayo of Lucama. Mayo, who went by “Matthew,” was a sophomore majoring in engineering.

“Matthew loved playing golf and going to the beach,” his obituary said.

At approximately 1 a.m., ECU Police responded to a request for traffic control assistance from Greenville Police at 10th Street and Copper Beech Way. That’s where the crash occurred.

Mayo passed away soon after at Vidant Medical Center.  Mayo lived in Wilson and graduated from James B. Hunt High School in 2014, according to his Facebook profile.

“Our sincere condolences go out to the family and friends of Mr. Mayo. Any time we lose a student it is devastating to the entire ECU community,” said Dean of Students Lynn Roeder. “We will do our best to help those closest to the victim in the days ahead. Coping is an individual process and we want to support in any way that we can.”

ECU’s Student Affairs office has also reached out to the victim’s family to provide assistance and support. The university says it’s offering additional counseling services for students this week.

Matthew’s funeral information was released Monday. Visitation will be Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Nashville.

Graveside service will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery of Nashville with Dr. De Wayne Eakes officiating.

Greenville Police are handling the investigation into the incident.

They’ve identified the driver of the car, but their name has not been released. No charges have been filed.

— Info from WNCT-TV

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