Duke student dies in Florida accident

Mar. 14, 2014 @ 11:45 PM

A Duke University senior was killed and another Duke student was seriously injured Friday afternoon when their van was struck by another vehicle, Duke officials said Friday night.. Charges are pending against the driver of the other vehicle, a police report indicated.

Rebecca Denardis of Cary was declared dead at North Okaloosa Hospital Center in Crestview, Fla., following the accident, which occurred at about 2:30 p.m. Another Duke student was airlifted to a hospital in Pensacola, where he is in stable condition. A third student who was injured has been released.

They and four other Duke students, who were also taken to the hospital, were traveling in the van with the director of Duke’s Outdoor Adventures program. Another four Duke students and a part-time staff member were traveling in a truck, which was not involved in the incident. All were returning to campus after a five-day canoeing and camping trip along Florida's Blackwater River during Duke’s spring break.