A second University of Virginia student from Fairfax County has died from injuries he received Wednesday night when a rented truck carrying him and 63 other students to a party collided with a car near Lynchburg.
Christopher Lewis Meigs, 18, of Winterport Cluster in Reston, died at 10:55 a.m. yesterday of multiple injuries to the head, chest and stomach, a spokeswoman for Lynchburg General Hospital said. The University of Virginia freshman and 15 others were hospitalized when the truck crossed the center line of U.S. Rte. 29 and overturned on a Volkswagen.
Amherst County Commonwealth's Attorney W.E. Meeks III said a reckless driving charge has been filed against the truck driver, David H. Holmes, 21, of Smithtown, N.Y., an upperclassman and an honors adviser at the university.
Another freshman, 17-year-old Brian H. McKittrick of Oakton, was killed in the crash, which occurred about five miles from Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg.
Meigs and McKittrick were members of a rush week party sponsored by the Charlottesville chapter of Sigma Chi fraternity. Fourteen others injured in the accident were in Lynchburg General and the University's Charlottesville hospital, spokesmen said yesterday.
Meigs is survived by his father, Bruce Evans Meigs of Arlington and his mother, Sarah Dean of Reston. Meigs, who was born in Springfield and raised in Florida, is also survived by a sister, Evan Meigs, 12, also of Reston.