First year cadet at VMI killed in Thanksgiving week crash


In a lawsuit filed last week, a former Virginia Military Institute cadet only identified as “John Doe” claimed that after he was waterboarded by upperclass cadets on or about Jan. 31, 2018, he “was told to remove his pants and John Doe 2 was told to remove his shirt.” (File photo)

LEXINGTON, Va. (WFXR) — A first-year cadet at the Virginia Military Institute died in a car crash Saturday.

He was back home in Stafford County for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The wreck happened at approximately 1:51 a.m. in the area of Sanford Drive and Paul Lane.

A Traffic Safety Unit responded to the scene where they found the driver, Jamison Lane Clark, 18, dead.

The Traffic Safety Unit determined that Clark lost control just south of Paul Lane and the vehicle went sideways, driver’s side first, off the road and into a tree.

A 20-year-old male passenger was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

He was listed in stable condition at the hospital later that morning.

In a statement to WFXR, VMI spokesperson Colonel Steward MacInnis said, “It’s a shock for somebody this young who had really come to VMI in the exciting time of his life. We’re really saddened by this and we offer deep condolences to Clark’s family.”

A memorial for Clark will be held at 7:00 p.m. December 13th at Jackson Memorial Hall.

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