Car Crash South Carolina
LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) - A Liberty University student from South Korea was killed in a car crash Monday, according to university officials.
Officials say 22-year-old Shinjae Park was headed to Orlando for spring break with three other LU students, also from South Korea, when the car ran off the side of the I-95 in Clarendon County, South Carolina, hitting several trees.
Park died at the scene, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Officials say all four students were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, and the three that survived were injured. They say one student had fractured ribs.
All surviving students stayed in South Carolina overnight with a first responder who put them up, before members of their church came to pick them up on Tuesday, says lead pastor of Park's church, Dr. Timothy T. Chong.
The university says Park's friends were shocked and saddened to hear of her death.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Shinjae’s family and friends, ” said President Jerry Falwell. “Her death has left many here with very heavy hearts. Though we know Shinjae is in a better place, it is difficult for those left behind to suffer such a sudden loss. Dean of the Center for Asian Ministries Dr. Timothy Chong says Shinjae had many friends here. Counseling is available for them in this very difficult time.”
Park's family is now on their way from Korea to take her remains home.
Chong says the family desires to have her body cremated in Lynchburg and will return to Korea with her ashes.
The university says Park attended 701 Korean Church on Thomas Road, and the church will have a special, private prayer service Wednesday night.