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Update: ECU football player charged after Greenville crash

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GREENVILLE, N.C. - An ECU football player injured in a Greenville accident a week and a half ago has been charged by police.

Pirates defensive end Terrell Stanley has been charged with failure to maintain lane control and a seat belt violation. A crash report from police shows Stanley was driving 60 mph in a 55 mph zone.

It happened Feb. 12 when Stanley was driving a car on the W. Arthur Tripp Bridge that crosses the Tar River in Greenville. That’s when the vehicle crashed into a ditch below. Officers said at the time they believed the incident to be weather-related.

Stanley was transported along with a passenger, ECU left tackle Ike Harris, to Vidant Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.
Harris was later released after suffering minor injuries.

The pair were headed to a workout at ECU from their off-campus residence.

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An ECU football player involved in a car accident in Greenville last week is improving.

Vidant Health officials tell 9 On Your side Terrell Stanley is now listed in good condition.

Stanley was critical after the crash off Greenville Boulevard last Wednesday morning. Another player, Ike Harris, was also in the car and is doing fine.

ECU Coach Ruffin McNeill tweeted about Stanley Sunday, saying he spoke with him for the first time and he’s showing great improvement.

 "Those who know Terrell fully understand he is a warrior with a relentless and passionate approach to life, both on and off the field," ECU Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill said. "I can speak for our entire Pirate family in extending our deepest gratitude for everyone who has Terrell in their thoughts and prayers."

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Two ECU football players were injured in an accident in Greenville early Wednesday morning.

ECU Assistant Athletic Director Tom McClellan tells 9 On Your Side that Ike Harris and Terrell Stanley were on their way to campus from their off-campus apartments when the accident took place.

Greenville Police say shortly after 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, a 2002 Lincoln was driving in the left lane of Greenville Blvd. when it lost control, veered off the ride side of the road and crashed down an embankment just before the W. Arthur Tripp Bridge that crosses the Tar River. Terrell Stanley was driving the car.

Both westbound lanes of Greenville Blvd. were closed for about an hour.

Harris and Stanley were taken to Vidant Medical Center. Hospital officials tell 9 On Your Side, Stanley is listed in critical condition while Harris is no longer listed as a patient.

ECU Head Football Coach Ruffin McNeill issued the following statement regarding Stanley, "Terrell is under the best medical care possible, and while he has showed signs of steadily improving, we ask that you keep him in your thoughts and prayers. His parents, sister and other family members are here with his teammates and coaches, and together we have been and will continue to be a force that runs deep with support and inspiration."

Terrell Stanley, a sophomore, is a defensive lineman from Southport. Ike Harris, a sophomore, is the a offensive lineman from Irmo, S.C.

Greenville Police say they believe the accident was weather-related. Charges are pending at this time. ECU confirms the students were headed to school for conditioning practice and class. 

Students we spoke to were saddened by the news and curious as to why school was open Wednesday. Associate Vice Chancellor Bill Koch says they decided to keep school open at 5:30 a.m. Koch says their decision making process is a rigorous one. School officials say say they analyzed the forecast, drove the roads and decided that since the roads were dry and passable, there was no reason for campus not to operate as usual.  
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