Two more UMO students die from wreck injuries


Two more University of Mount Olive students have died from injuries they sustained in an early-morning wreck near campus on Friday, March 13.

Chaney Partrich, a freshman exercise science major from Chapin, South Carolina, succumbed to injuries Saturday at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

Former baseball player Jeff Swetland, a senior business major from Sparta, Ohio, died last Tuesday.

Their deaths bring the total to four who have perished from the early-morning car crash that occurred at the intersection of Indian Springs Road and N.C. Highway 55. Freshman Madison Mergl of Sayville, New York, and sophomore Ann Wray of Oakland, New Jersey, were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It seems almost incomprehensible that in the past eight days, the University of Mount Olive has mourned the loss of four students,” said Dr. Edward Croom, interim president of UMO.

“But, today we learned that Chaney Partrich has succumbed to the injuries that she sustained in that deadly crash. … We, as a community, are grieving with her family and friends at a life lost much too soon.”

Partrich, Mergl and Wray were members of the women’s lacrosse team.

Teammates Alex Eubanks of Bowie, Maryland; Tiffany Lee of Gambrills, Maryland, and Amber McCarthy of Havelock remain hospitalized.

“These parents, their extended families, their friends, their teammates and our entire campus community are devastated,” Croom said. “Words cannot express our heartfelt sorrow.”


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