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Head-on crash kills one

Published 9:25pm Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Charges are pending after a fatal, head-on accident on the U.S. Route 58 bypass late Monday.

Keairra D. Diggs, 23, of Suffolk, died after her 2006 Nissan was struck by a 2008 Cadillac being driven by Everett Vincent Majette, 87, of Portsmouth.

Majette was driving the wrong way on the westbound side of the bypass, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said in a press release. The accident took place between the Wilroy Road and Godwin Boulevard interchanges.

Emergency operators received several calls around 10:55 p.m. advising a vehicle was driving the wrong way on the bypass. Officers attempted to locate the vehicle and close the roadway in the vicinity of the location where it had been reported, but they came upon the accident at 10:59 p.m.

Diggs was a full-time student at Paul D. Camp Community College’s Suffolk campus, according to an email from President Paul Conco that was sent to faculty on Tuesday morning.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the family, friends, classmates and the faculty and staff she touched,” Conco wrote. “Counselors are available at the Suffolk campus.”

Diggs was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Majette was airlifted to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and was listed in stable but serious condition Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing, Klink said.

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  • NY2VA

    I am very sad about the loss of beautiful Keairra. She had so much life in her, always smiling and happy. But has anyone identified one of the causes of the problem? The roads are very, very dark and in some places the white lines are faded out. I am not anywhere near this gentleman’s age and sometimes I have difficulty seeing at night. An investigation should be done on the road conditions, and perhaps it will prevent this from happening to someone else.

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  • PaulaMcElroy

    What a tragic loss of life, for the family and that beautiful little girl. So very sorry.

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  • Savannah

    The man is 87 years old, he’ll get a slap on the wrist, and hopefully, his license revoked.

    I’ve posted here before that 2 years ago Christmas Eve, my husband and I were hit by an 85 year old man (a Pastor as it turns out). We saw him all over the road, and had passed him by (he was a hot mess) but unfortunately, he caught up to us at a stop light. A stale red stop light, and never even tried to slow down, just drove right into us like we were not there.

    He was so out if it, that when I told him to put his hazard lights on so people knew to go around him, he just stared at me, then turned on his left blinker. He told the officer at the scene he knew his brakes were bad, but hadn’t had them fixed yet.

    His ticket was dismissed in court and no action taken.

    Until they kill someone, they’ll be allowed to stay on the roads until they chose to no longer do so, even at the risk of safety to others.

    My condolences to the family of this young lady. :(

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    • PaulaMcElroy

      Let me guess. Judge Moore?

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      • Savannah

        Eeck, I don’t remember. I can look it up, but I’m not sure it’ll show the judge.

        Okies, just looked. All it shows is courtroom 2 and after numerous dates for court (3 not counting the arraignment) it showed :
        Final Disposition : Dismissed

        Mind, the first date that my husband I were subpoenaed for, the guy was a no show. They didn’t call us back to testify again, and when I went to check up on it a few months later, I saw they’d just dismissed it.

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  • alwaysaab

    I agree with all the posts here!! When are we going to wake up and do something about these senior drivers on the road late at night? This is the reason I had my mother’s license revoked by the DMV. Trust me it was not easy as they wanted her to keep her license. It took two medical exams and two eye exams before the DMV would revoke the license after a major accident that thank GOD did not injure anyone other than my mother!! My mother to this day will tell you the other person hit her but what my mother fails to realize is that my mother is the one that ran the red light!!! That is just how her mind works…she is not at fault. What if she had killed someone?? My family and I would be devastated to say the least!! I thank GOD I had the fortitude to keep trying until I got the DMV on my side!! Please people, if you have a family member driving and you know they should not be behind the wheel, do something before this happens to them too. My heart hurts so deeply for this entire family and I Pray that GOD will comfort them in a special way and get them through this difficult time. GOD Bless you Kiearra and may Heaven enjoy it’s newest Angel!!

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  • SouthernLady

    I’m sorry, but what was an 87 year old doing behind the wheel of anything that late at night? What was he doing out that late in the first place. This accident is a little too late since it resulted in a death, but it should be a wake up call to establish an age by which all drivers should have to take not only an eye exam duplicating daylight and nighttime driving, any kind of parking and backing up but also a defensive driving course. I’d take one in a heartbeat if required and wouldn’t be offended in the least! My thoughts and prayers go out to the family of that young woman!

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    • KNRMCO

      I AGREE WITH YOUR POINT.I am 100% disabled now, but back in 2006 I voluntarily gave up my driving privledges. I was still driving then and I was only 53 years old, however, I did not feel safe behind the wheel of a car. It is a hard decision to make, but I knew that one day my “reaction time” would suffer & I didn’t want to put others or myself in harm’s way. We need to do something with regards to all safety for all people; if a mandatory driving test is needed, so be it.

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      • mcdb

        Thank you, KNRMCO! I’m sure giving up that freedom was hard but being selfless enough to know that you may do more harm than good, was such a wise move! I’m all for yearly driver’s tests for senior citizens!

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    • suffolklady

      Excellent points! I am in total agreement. A vehicle can be a deadly weapon and the privilege of driving should be revoked when as soon as one becomes a danger to others.

      What a terrible situation – my heart aches for this young lady’s family. I am sure that this will also be difficult for the man’s family.

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  • KNRMCO

    How sad! My condolences to her family for their loss.

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