Head-on crash kills one

Published 9:25 pm 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.

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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.