UNCW sophomore killed after alleged reckless driving leads to vehicle crash

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A Jeep Wrangler appears to have rolled over in a deadly crash on UNCW's campus Saturday (Photo: John Roberts)

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A UNCW student was killed in an accident early Saturday morning in a campus parking lot.

According to the UNCW Police Department, Howard Lashon Coleman II and Jason Cade Hamblin were passengers in a Jeep Wrangler driven by Nicholas Henry Pohlman. The vehicle was allegedly driving recklessly in the grassy area within the parking lot owned by UNCW at 632 South College Road, UNCW Police say. 

Police say Coleman suffered fatal injury when the vehicle crashedHe was a 20-year-old sophomore at UNCW, originally from Troutman, NC, who was majoring in computer science. 

19-year-old Nicholas Pohlman has been charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, Impaired Driving, and Driving while less than 21 years of age after consuming alcohol

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Nicholas Pohlman has been charged after alleged reckless driving led to the death of a passenger (Photo: Wilmington Police Department)

UNCW was assisted by the Wilmington Police DepartmentNorth Carolina State Highway Patrol, New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmington Fire Department, New Hanover Regional EMS, and the District Attorney’s Office in the investigation.

The case is under active investigation.

A condolence book for Coleman’s family will be available at the Fisher Student Center Information Desk Monday.

Grief support is available to students through the University Counseling Center and for faculty and staff through the Employee Assistance Program.   

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