The Virginia Military Institute, the oldest existing military institute in the state and the first senior military college in the States, has lost a first-year cadet. On November 30th, a single-car crash in Stafford County led to the death of 18-year-old Jamison Lane Clark. As a first-year cadet with the Virginia Military Institute, the teen had already achieved a substantial amount and likely would have gone on to see extensive success.
In addition to the death of Clark, a 20-year-old passenger, currently unnamed, was taken to a local hospital for some injuries which were not life-threatening. The crash happened in a 2004 Chevy Suburban near Paul Lane and Sanford Drive. It was in the late-night to early morning hours around 1:50 a.m., and it’s believed that Clark, the driver, lost control of the vehicle.
The vehicle departed from the roadway and struck a tree against the driver’s side of the vehicle. The Stafford Sherrif’s office has an ongoing investigation to try and understand what led up to the crash and resulted in the driver losing control. The Traffic Safety Unit is on the investigation.
These crashes don’t happen often, but given recent weather conditions, the rush of the holiday weekend, and other factors, there is not much that is clear. When handling the aftermath of such a young death, however, the community has once again rallied around the family.
Jamison Lane Clark participated in the Marine Corps ROTC, was majoring in International Studies, and was planned to enter the Marines following graduation from VMI. Clark was pronounced dead at the crash site, and the surviving passenger is reported to be in stable condition. Memorial services involving the community will take place on December 13th at Jackson Memorial Hall with a funeral mass on December 16th at St. Francis Catholic Church.
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