NCCU senior dies in Durham crash after vehicle plows into barrier

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – A senior at North Carolina Central University died when the vehicle she was riding in plowed into a concrete barrier Tuesday on U.S. Route 15-501, Durham police said.

UPDATE: Man charged in Durham wreck that killed NCCU senior

Just before midnight, Melvin Jamal Brewington, 23, was driving a 2013 Hyundai northbound on U.S. 15-501 when the vehicle ran off the road and hit a concrete barrier near West Cornwallis Road.

Brewington suffered serious injuries, police said.

Brittany Plummer, 27, of Durham, was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the collision.

She died at the scene, police confirmed.

No charges have been filed but the incident remains under investigation.

Durham police said speed was a factor in the collision.

NCCU’s acting chancellor issued the following statement on Wednesday:

Dear NCCU Community:

It is with profound sadness that I inform you about the passing of Ms. Brittany A. Plummer, 27 years old, who was fatally injured in a tragic car accident in Durham on Tuesday, December 6, 2016. Ms. Plummer was a senior recreational therapy major.

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Ms. Plummer fell in love with sports and recreation at a young age. In a student biography project, Ms. Plummer wrote about her passion for recreation and the positive impact she felt sports, recreation and leisure had on people’s lives. She said, “I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to experience leisure…and I want to introduce the world of recreation to everyone.”

Ms. Plummer also had a strong interest in working with older adults and, as a sophomore, volunteered with a local nursing home. She planned to complete her senior internship in the spring of 2017 at a local senior living facility. She was a member of the Physical Education and Recreation Majors Association (PERMA). She enjoyed visual arts as well as poetry, and planned to attend graduate school in the future to further her education.

According to her professors, Ms. Plummer was a positive person who was full of energy and vitality. She was optimistic and forward-thinking, which are qualities that paired well with her desire to be a recreational therapist. One of her favorite quotes was from Winston Churchill: “If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

Counselors from Student Health and Counseling Services are available in the Student Health Building. We also have leaders from the Office of Spiritual Development and Dialogue available to assist with any grief counseling.

Please keep Ms. Plummer’s family, classmates and instructors in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.

More details will be shared once they become available.

In Truth and Service,

Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D.

Acting Chancellor, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

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