Nick Ward, a Georgia Southern University senior, was pronounced dead today, as confirmed by the Dean of Students.
Ward had been in the intensive care unit at Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, suffering from serious head injuries since a drunken driver hit him on Feb. 8.
“The Dean of Students office is deeply saddened by this tragic loss of Nicklaus Ward today, our thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family and friends during this very difficult time,” according to a statement from the Office of the Dean of Students.
In order to assist the Ward family with its medical bills, the Eagle Nation, along with Loco’s Grill & Pub and Gnat’s Landing, banded together through benefit concerts and a raffle event to raise more than $5,000 collectively.
In regards to the charges that the driver will face, The George-Anne reported on Feb. 12 that Trooper First Class Hutchison, investigator in charge of the accident, said, “If Mr. Ward doesn’t make it, more charges will come. Serious Injury From Vehicle is a felony — it will all be based on the investigation.”
Counseling services for students are available through the University’s Counseling and Career Development Center.