Police ID driver in fatal crash
Police have identified the driver in a fatal crash on Monday morning as a 17-year-old Suffolk resident.
Drew Alexander Miller died when the pickup truck he was driving collided with a parked tractor-trailer container about 8:28 a.m. Monday in the 2000 block of Northgate Commerce Parkway, according to a city press release. The truck caught fire in the aftermath of the collision.
Miller was pronounced deceased at the scene. The medical examiner was asked to make the official identification because of the nature of the victim’s injuries.
The cause of the accident remains under investigation, city spokeswoman Diana Klink said Wednesday afternoon.
Suffolk Public Schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said Miller was a senior at Nansemond River High School.
“Grief counselors have been available to students and staff for individual and group sessions since Monday morning,” Bradshaw stated in an email.
Principal Daniel O’Leary will share the official news with students Thursday morning, Bradshaw added. A parent letter will also be distributed to students on Thursday.
“Police and family asked that the school not share any information until official confirmation of the accident victim’s identity,” Bradshaw wrote.
More than two dozen bouquets of flowers were placed in Miller’s parking spot at Nansemond River High School on Tuesday. Someone also spray-painted “RIP DM” in the spot.
A memorial service is planned for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Point Harbor Community Church on Taylor Road, Chesapeake, according to a Facebook post by Vincent Miller, Drew’s father.
A couple of posts on Nansemond River High School’s Facebook page on Wednesday said members of the school community were pulling strength from each other.
“We are Warriors. We reach out and support each other. We help those hurting around us. We stand strong together. We overcome, and we rise up as one. It’s what we do. It’s who we are. #WeAreNR,” one post said.
Another post stated, “As Warriors we take care of each other. When times are tough, we can look to each other for strength. When the day appears dark, our Warrior family is there to be the light that is needed. When things seem unstable, Warriors are the strong foundation that create firm ground to allow us to put one foot in front of the other to continue to move forward. Warriors are at their strongest when it’s least expected. Warriors: Consider how you can be that light, the strength, and the firm foundation for others around you who may need it, today and every day. Because as Warriors, that’s what we do. That’s who we are. #WeAreNR.”