RICHMOND, Va. — The families of three James Madison University students killed in a car crash in West Virginia in February say they are looking forward to "holding the responsible parties accountable" after the driver of the car, Campbell Fortune, was charged with seven misdemeanors.
Charges filed in crash that killed 3 JMU students
Among Fortune's charges, three counts of negligent homicide.
Fortune, who is from metro Richmond, was 19 at the time of the crash that occurred in Hardy County, West Virginia, on Feb. 2.
There were five people inside the car when it crashed into a tree, and all of them were members of a fraternity at JMU.
Fortune and another young man were injured in the crash but survived. However, three passengers died at the scene.
They are John "Luke" Fergusson from Richmond, Joshua Mardis from Williamsburg and Nicholas Troutman from Richmond.
The families of the victims said in a statement the crash that killed their sons has been "an unimaginable nightmare for our families and their friends."
They added "while we are a long way from closure and justice for these young men, and there is much more of the story to be told, we are grateful that the process of holding the responsible parties accountable for their actions has begun."
Fortune's next court date has not been set.
A misdemeanor negligent homicide charge in West Virginia carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail.
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