Driver believed responsible for wrong-way crash dies

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on October 26, 2013 at 9:10 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 8:52 AM

SUFFOLK -- Police said the driver responsible for a wrong-way crash Monday that killed a young mother died, himself, Saturday.

City spokeswoman Diana Klink said 87-year-old Everett Majette died in the hospital. He had been there since October 21, when Suffolk officers said he hit 23-year-old Keairra Diggs, killing her.

Family and friends gathered Thursday night for a vigil in memory of Diggs.

"Such a dedicated worker, hard worker, working two jobs," said Tawshawa Joyner of her sister, Keairra.

Diggs was on her way home from one of those jobs when officers say 87-year-old Everett Vincent Majette slammed into her head-on on Route 58 near Wilroy Road.

City spokeswoman Diana Klink said police received several calls from people who saw Majette's 2008 Cadillac CTS driving on the wrong side of the road. By the time officers got to the car, it had hit Diggs' 2006 Nissan, killing her.

"Such a spectacular mother to Jazelle, and just an awesome person," shared Joyner, who explained Diggs' daughter will turn 3 Saturday without her mother. "Everyone that came in contact with her really felt the joy of her spirit, and she well definitely be missed."

"When she came to the house, I always called her 'Punky Brewster,' 'cause she always had polka dots, stripes, or some kind of colors that did not coordinate together," said Dametrice Goodwyn, Diggs' aunt.

Goodwyn and Joyner told 13News Now Diggs was coming home from her part-time job at Ross in the Greenbrier section of Chesapeake when the crash happened. It was only her second day there.

Diggs also worked as a certified nursing assistant part-time, while attending Paul D. Camp Community College full-time. She was studying to become a surgical technician.

Majette, who lives in Portsmouth, was hospitalized. Charges are pending against him.

 

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