An N.C. Central University student was killed and another student at the school was hurt in a traffic accident on N.C. 55 Tuesday night.
Chekeria Renae Reid, a senior from Greensboro, died in the accident near Crete Street, according to police and a notice from NCCU Chancellor Debra Saunders-White.
Injured in the wreck was Tariq Jamal Jacobs, a member of the school’s football team and a sophomore hospitality and tourism major from Norfolk, Va. Jacobs was being treated at Duke Hospital.
A memorial service for Reid was held Wednesday afternoon on the football field in O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium at NCCU. Hundreds of students, staff and faculty members attended, joining hands in prayer and releasing maroon and white balloons in Reid’s honor.
Police said Joshua Clark, 27, was driving a Chevrolet Cobalt northbound Tuesday night when a southbound Honda Accord driven by Jacobs crossed the center line.
An initial investigation indicated that speed appeared to have been a factor.
“As our community begins to come to grips with this deep loss, we want to provide support to the Athletics Departments and all students, faculty and staff,” Saunders-White wrote. “Chekeria was known for being a hard worker, energetic, full of life and a young woman who always wore a smile.”
Reid was a team manager on two NCCU sports teams – football and women’s basketball. She majored in recreation administration with a concentration in sports management and a minor in business.
According to Reid’s web page, she was born and grew up in Greensboro. She graduated from Western Guilford High School.
Her dream was to attend graduate school and become a sports agent or a manager of game-day operations with the NFL.
“I chose this major because I have six brothers and was always around sports, not only watching them but also participating in them,” she wrote on her website. “Over my life I have grown to love everything about sports and I knew that it was the path that I wanted to go down.”