Howard University faculty member involved in deadly crash outside dorm

A Howard University faculty member was the driver in the tragic crash last week that left first-year student Mohamed Samura dead. 

Howard's Office of University Communications shared a statement with FOX 5 on Monday, confirming the news. 

Last Thursday, around 3:45 p.m., campus police began receiving reports that someone had been struck by a car outside the dorm, Cook Hall, at the intersection of Fairmont and Sixth Streets NW. 

Howard faculty member involved in deadly crash outside dorm

First responders from D.C.’s Fire and Emergency Medical Services, and several Metropolitan Police officers were dispatched to the area to assist the staff member and the student. The school said that both were rushed to Howard University Hospital. 


Freshman Howard student dies after being hit by car on campus

A freshman Howard University student died Sunday after being injured in a car accident last week.

Initially, they believed that Samura and the staff member sustained "non-life-threatening" injuries.

However, the freshman Computer Information Systems major from Fredericksburg, Virginia, succumbed to his injuries and died on Sunday. 

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Jaden Roberts can't believe his friend is gone. 

"It was really hard just because of how good of a person he was," Roberts told FOX 5. "He worked in a nursing home. He was always just out doing things. Always out helping in the community. Just one of the nicest people you know, always smiling."

A preliminary investigation into the crash determined that the faculty member was traveling in a blue sedan when they collided with Samura, and then, a wall. 

"A bright and accomplished member of the Howard University community, Mr. Samura earned selection to the School of Business Dean’s List and demonstrated great skills as a member of the University’s award-winning ESports Team," said Howard University President Ben Vinson III, Ph.D. in a statement. "The University extends our profound condolences and prayers to his family, friends, classmates and instructors during this difficult time. May they find solace in the cherished moments shared with him. Further, I ask that the privacy of the family be respected and that we keep them in our thoughts and prayers." 

A GoFundMe has been created to help Samura's family with funeral costs. 

FOX 5's Nana-Sentuo Bonsu contributed to this report.