Myron Burney

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Myron Burney

ECSU assistant vice chancellor killed in vehicle accident

William F. West

The Daily Advance

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An Elizabeth City State University administrator was killed Monday morning when his car collided with a tractor-trailer hauling wood chips in Midway, a rural community in Bertie County.

Myron Burney, ECSU’s interim assistant vice chancellor of enrollment management and retention since last month, died following the accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 17 and N.C. Highway 45.

Trooper J.V. Reid of the N.C. Highway Patrol said Burney was driving north on U.S. 17 shortly before 8:40 a.m. when his 2011 Toyota Avalon struck the trailer of a truck being driven by Robert Peele, 47, of Washington, N.C. Peele’s tractor-trailer was crossing the intersection, which has a signal light, when the collision occurred, Reid said.

According to Reid, Burney’s car passed under the trailer and continued north on U.S. 17 before leaving the highway on the left and striking some trees and coming to a stop.

Burney, 38, of Raleigh, was wearing a seat belt and his car’s airbags activated, but he was pronounced dead at the scene, Reid said.

Burney was hired at ECSU on June 16 to help the university boost its student recruitment and retention efforts. Prior to then, University of North Carolina General Administration had been sending him to ECSU three days a week since January to serve as a recruitment consultant.

In a statement released Monday night, interim Chancellor Charles Becton called Burney’s death “a tragic loss for his family, the ECSU community and humankind.”

“Please keep Myron’s family in your prayers and thoughts. Death diminishes us all,” Becton said.

Reid said his investigation of the accident is continuing. The Highway Patrol is seeking eyewitnesses who may have information about the wreck, he said. Anyone with information is asked to phone the patrol at 332-6800.


very sad indeed

Very sad when someone died so violently when crashing into the trailer of a tractor-trailer (semi, big rig). Remember Jayne Mansfield (1933-1967 age 34) she died when she crashed into a tractor trailer in 1967, hers was a violent death also. P.S. the roof of a 2011 Toyota Avalon is 4ft 10 1/2in from the ground.

Very sad news

This is very unfortunate on so many levels. I'm so sorry to hear of this loss. It hurts deeply as I have gotten to know Mr. Burney quite well over the last several months, most recently at the ECSU NAA Summer Convention. He has been driven with a passion to recruit quality students for ECSU that we should all emulate. May he now rest in the bossum of our great redeemer, the Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

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