CAPRON, Va. (WAVY) - A small group of teens witnessed a bus crash Friday that killed one of their chaperones and seriously injured another.
A charter bus carrying six teens, two chaperones and a driver overturned Friday morning on Route 58 in Capron and landed in a ditch. The group was on its way to a college visit at Hampton University.
The driver of the bus lost control and ran off the right side of the roadway, overturning in a ditch.
Two passengers were ejected from the bus and one of them died at the scene. The deceased passenger has been identified as 58-year-old Doval Emmanuel Watson of Chapel Hill, N.C. His wife, Theresa Watson, was critically injured in the crash and transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital. Her condition was upgraded to serious Friday evening and she was released from the hospital Monday.
Tuesday, the Watson family released the following statement:
"We are deeply saddened by this tragic event. No words can truly express how heartbroken we are. Doval was not only a very loving and concerned father but also a pillar of the community and he will be greatly missed.
Theresa's condition has improved and she is expected to make a full recovery. We appreciate the continued support and prayers for our family during this extremely difficult time. We plan no further comments and ask that our privacy be respected as we grieve this tremendous loss."
Doval Watson was a Hampton University alumnus and organized the trip.
Watson is survived by his wife, six children and 16 siblings. His funeral will be held on April 13 at Chapel Hill Bible Church located at 260 Erwin Rd. in Chapel Hill at 2 p.m. Viewing will take place at 1 p.m. prior to the service.
Lynch said he and the other students climbed through the front window of the bus in an attempt to save Theresa Watson.
The teens were all transported to a local hospital for precautionary measures.
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