The students are identified as international Manchester University students from Ethiopia and Nigeria: Nerad Grace Mangai, Brook M. Dagnew and Kirubel Alemayehu Hailu.
Grant County, IN (21Alive)―Three Manchester University students are confirmed dead after a car accident on I-69 in Grant County. It happened around 5:30 Sunday morning. The University says the students were coming back from visits at Ball State and Taylor Universities.
According to the Grant County Sheriff’s Department, the students were riding in a passenger van when the vehicle got a flat tire. The driver pulled the van over near the median and all 7 students got out. Police say 3 were standing near the back of the van and 4 were standing along the driver’s side.
Meanwhile, police say, another passenger van going north on the interstate left the road, went into the median and hit four of the students. Three died at the scene. They are identified as international Manchester University students from Ethiopia and Nigeria: Nerad Grace Mangai, Brook M. Dagnew and Kirubel Alemayehu Hailu.
The fourth student who was hit, Israel Solomon Tamire, was flown to a Fort Wayne hospital and is in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon.
Manchester University expressed their sympathy with posts on their Facebook page:
It is with great sadness that I share news of a tragic accident early this morning that claimed the lives of three Manchester University students, Nerad Grace Mangai, Brook M. Dagnew and Kirubel Alemayehu Hailu.
A fourth MU student, Israel Solomon Tamire, is being treated for injuries at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. Three other students, Nebiyu Shiferaw Alemu, Amanuel Atsbha Gebreyohannes and Dagmawi Meseret Tadesse, were not injured and have returned to North Manchester... See More
The driver of the vehicle that hit the students is identified as Deangelo R. Evans, a 26 year-old from the Chicago area. He is charged with three counts of Operating While Intoxicated Causing Death, one count of Operating While Intoxicated Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury, and three counts of Reckless Homicide.
His bond is set at $300,000.00, as he is being held in the Grant County Jail.
News of the crash brings back memories of another crash nearly 10 years ago in which four Taylor University students and a university employee were killed on I-69.
A gathering is planned for 8 p.m. Sunday at the Petersime Chapel on the university’s campus.
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