A professor at ECU is sharing fond memories of accounting major Elizabeth Griffiths, the 20-year-old student who was killed in a weather-related crash Monday afternoon.
"Elizabeth made a difference to me," said Cal Christian, the victim's accounting professor. "I've known her for five days. Wow."
The wreck that killed Griffiths happened on the 900 block of E. Arlington Blvd. at about 1:30 p.m. Monday. Griffiths was driving a Honda Accord when a Ford F-250 pickup truck hydroplaned, said Sgt. Joe Friday of the Greenville Police Department. The driver of that truck, 17-year-old Mitchell Wilkerson, of Grimesland, then lost control and went into the oncoming lane, where his truck hit Griffiths' Accord nearly head-on, Sgt. Friday said.
Griffiths was taken to Vidant Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, Sgt. Friday told NewsChannel 12.
Griffiths, from Raleigh, started at ECU in the fall of 2010. Professor Christian shared a paper that Griffiths wrote on her first day of accounting class.
"I pretty much love everything. Even the simplest things make me happy. At the same time, I want all the people around me to be just as happy," Griffiths wrote in her paper. "I realized that I don't have to be a doctor, or a physician's assistant, or even be in the medical field to help people.
"I am excited to see where this takes me in my life. I'm sure it'll be some place wonderful."
Wilkerson, the driver of the truck that hit Griffiths, was also taken to Vidant with serious, but non-life threatening injuries, police said. Although the crash is still under investigation, both rain and speed appear to be factors.