ECU player still in critical condition


February 13, 2014

An East Carolina University football player remained in critical condition Thursday after he and a teammate were in a weather-related car crash.

Terrell Stanley, 20, of Southport, a starting defensive end for the Pirates, has been hospitalized since the Wednesday morning crash that also involved starting left tackle Ike Harris, also 20, originally from Irmo, S.C.

No official information has been released about the nature of Stanley’s injuries. A Vidant Medical Center spokeswoman said Thursday afternoon his condition remained critical. Harris was released from hospital after being evaluated on Wednesday.

ECU head coach Ruffin McNeill did not issue a statement Thursday, but reported Wednesday night that Stanley was showing signs of improvement and asked for prayers and support. The players were traveling from their off-campus residences to the university about 6 a.m. Wednesday when Stanley lost control of a 2002 Lincoln on U.S. 264 near the Tar River bridge. Harris was a passenger.

The vehicle veered off the right side of the highway and crashed down an embankment. Police said hazards from a winter storm Tuesday and Wednesday contributed to the wreck.

Stanley and Harris are rising juniors. They played key roles East Carolina’s 10-3 campaign last season, the university reported.