Med student remembered following deadly accident

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – No one can answer why is 23-year-old Nancy Kelly is gone, after her life was cut short following an accident involving a drunk driver.

Kelly was a 2015 Virginia Wesleyan graduate and former basketball star. She was enrolled at the Eastern Virginia Medical School.

“It is devastating,” said Virginia Wesleyan College Athletic Director Joanne Renn. “I don’t think it has sunk in.”

That devastating accident happened early Sunday morning at the intersection of Sewell’s Point and Princess Anne Roads. Kelly was coming home after picking her boyfriend up at the airport. During the trip, she pulled up behind another car at a traffic light. That’s when police say 38-year-old Thomas Walters crashed into the back of her van, sending her into the car in front.

Kelly died a short time later.

“I got the text from her mom yesterday morning and it was just disbelief,” added Virginia Wesleyan Women’s Basketball Coach Stephany Dunmyer. “Why Nancy? Why did this have to happen?”

“Everyone that was in contact with her was better and she probably didn’t even know,” Renn said. “She was making them better around her.”

Walters was charged with driving drunk and refusing to take a breath test. Court records show he had a blood alcohol content of .07. The Commonwealth’s Attorney will decide if more charges are coming.

“To see such a person’s life denied in an instant…it makes you angry,” EVMS Professor Dr. Paul Aravich said. “It makes you wonder about justice or the lack there off.”

Kelly made an impression during her short time at EVMS.

“Sometimes people who are here very briefly leave a long mark, and I think she touched a lot of people,” Dr. Aravich added.

The young medical student wanted to save lives, and now she is doing the same in death. She made sure her organs went to others in need.

“I don’t know if there is a reason for something like this, but clearly she is going to save many people, despite the fact that she didn’t get to be the doctor,” Dunmyer said. “She would have been just a tremendous doctor I’m sure.”

Walters is currently out on bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday morning.

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