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.