Driver charged in crash that killed CCU student

Julian Delvasto (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Julian Delvasto (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - A female CCU student died Friday morning after being struck by a car in the Conway area.

Lance Corporal Judd Jones with the South Carolina Highway Patrol says the accident happened at 12:18 a.m. at 3505 Highway 544 near the Might As Well bar.

Troopers say 19-year-old Julian Delvasto of Syosset, NY was driving his 2006 Toyota westbound on Highway 544 when the accident happened. A pedestrian, a CCU student from New York, was crossing the street and was struck and killed, troopers said.

Officers say Delvasto left the scene of the accident, but he did return a short time later. Booking records show Delvasto was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center around 3:30 a.m.

Lance Corporal Sonny Collins tells WMBF News that the Julian Delvasto is charged with reckless homicide.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler identified the student as 18-year-old Elizabeth Gorshack. An autopsy performed Friday morning determined Gorshack died from massive head trauma.

Students say that area is a busy intersection for students leaving campus; not just in cars but on foot and bicycles. They hope the college and the county take this accident into consideration and want to see a traffic light or cross walk on Hwy 544.

"Between 544 and 501 these are the main highways in Conway, what the college is surrounded with. They need to build something so students can safely access campus without having to walk through all of this," says Lane Greene, a student at Coastal Carolina.

CCU issued the following statement to students through email and has counselors in residence halls and clergy available:

Coastal Carolina University mourns the death of one of it students following an accident on Highway 544 early Friday morning. Elizabeth Paola Gorshack was a freshman student from Warwick, New York. University President David DeCenzo said, "Our hearts and prayers go out to the parents and family, to friends, fellow students and faculty who are learning today about the loss of Elizabeth Gorshack. We are shaken by this tragedy, and are working to provide counseling and support for all who are affected." The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) are investigating the accident. CCU will provide more information as it becomes available.

The MAIT team continues to investigate this collision.

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