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Shepherd College junior dies in car crash

April 22, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

laurae@herald-mail.com

A Shepherd College student was killed in a single-car accident early Friday morning about two miles west of the campus.

Faye Marie Hageny, 21, of Great Cacapon, W.Va., was a junior majoring in recreation and leisure studies, said Dean of Students Luoluo Hong.

Hageny was a well-known and well-liked student who was active in her sorority and the college's Panhellenic Council, Hong said.

"This is going to touch our campus in a very serious way," she said.

News of the accident spread slowly on campus because the college's 4,800 students were on spring recess Thursday and Friday. Classes resume Monday, Hong said.

Hageny was driving a 1995 Ford Aspire east on W.Va. 45 when the car crossed the westbound lane and ran off the road, said Trooper J.C. Long of the West Virginia State Police in Charles Town, W.Va.

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The car went 95 feet in the grass before going up an embankment and hitting a large rock. The car spun around and came to rest on its passenger side in the westbound lane, police said.

Hageny, who was nearly thrown out of the car, was taken by ambulance to Jefferson Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead, police said.

The 3:30 a.m. accident was still under investigation Friday.

Hageny was a member of the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority, said National President Martha DeCamp of Seattle.

"I do want to emphasize it is not a sorority-related event. This doesn't lighten the load at all in terms of the tragedy," DeCamp said.

Shepherd College will offer group counseling sessions for Hageny's roommates and friends, Hong said.

"We express our sincerest condolences to the family. One can only imagine what they're going through," she said.

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