A 22-year-old Shaw University student was struck and killed while on foot on New Hope Church Road in Raleigh on Sunday morning, according to police.
Keyona Charlissa Verdell was hit about 6:15 a.m. on a stretch of New Hope Church between Bonneville Court and Green Road, according to police. She was pronounced dead on the way to the hospital.
Police say Verdell was riding with Terrence Archibald and another woman when she asked to get out and walk. Archibald, 29, and the other woman tried to persuade Verdell to get back in the vehicle, but she declined, police said.
They had driven only a short distance when Verdell tried to cross the road and was hit by a Toyota sedan driven by Dimas Martinez-Ismal, police said. Martinez-Ismal, 32, was cited for operating a vehicle without a license, but no charges have been filed in connection with the accident.
Police cited Archibald with simple assault and damage to property after, they say, he returned to the accident scene and pushed Martinez-Ismal, breaking his cellphone.
Verdell was a third-year student at Shaw from Winston-Salem who was studying business administration and management, according to the university. She was a former member of the school’s cheerleading team.
“The loss of Keyona is devastating to our entire university community,” Shaw University President Tashni Dubroy said in a statement. “She was a young woman with an enormous future ahead and beloved by so many here on campus.”
Verdell is the second Shaw University student to die in a motor vehicle accident since school resumed last month. Bryant D. Williams, 26, a third-year student majoring in recreation management from Jesup, Ga., was killed Aug. 19 when he lost control of his motorcycle on Carthage Circle, off Trawick Road, according to police.