Charge filed in fatal wreck that killed ECU professor


The Daily Reflector

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The husband of an East Carolina assistant professor who died after a car wreck in Virginia on Dec. 30 was charged with reckless driving in connection with the wreck.

Rebecca Fay, 38, who worked at ECU in the Department of Accounting at the College of Business, died from injuries she sustained in the wreck. Her husband, Patrick M. Fay, 42, works at ECU as the marketing and communications manager for enrollment services.

Patrick Fay was driving a 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser west on Route 460, which is also known as Blue Ridge Boulevard, about 11:40 a.m. when he ran a red light on the four-lane highway and hit a 1994 Lincoln Zephyr that was making a left turn onto Route 658, according to a Virginia State Police news release that was published on news site VirginiaFirst.com. Rebecca Fay died from her injuries on Jan. 2 at Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.

Patrick Fay was not injured, and the couple’s two small children were transported to a local hospital where they were treated for their injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, Marijo S. Kellam, 30, of Roanoke also was transported for treatment of her injuries. All were wearing seatbelts.

The charge of reckless driving was for disregarding a red traffic signal, the release said.