Monarch Dies in Tragic Car Crash
Justin Louis Coleman Ross
In the early morning hours of Friday, Aug. 12, tragedy struck the Old Dominion campus. Monarch Jordan Zimmerman, was killed in an automobile accident when his car was struck by a drunk driver. As reported by the local media and the Virginian Pilot, the accident took place on West Little Creek Road at 1 a.m. The collision was perpetrated by 21-year-old Paul James Fraki, whose blood alcohol level was later tested at being over four times the legal limit.
Fellow Monarch Quetel Sellers was also in the vehicle during the accident. While Sellers survived the crash with injuries to his person, Zimmerman passed away at the scene. The Norfolk Police Department did not return calls for comment on the current status of the investigation.
In response to this horrible tragedy, many fellow monarchs have drawn together to celebrate the life of Zimmerman. ODU’s NAACP held a candle light vigil for Zimmerman on Friday Sept. 16 at the Kaufman Mall. All in attendance gathered in strength, sympathy and shared memory to celebrate the life of Jordan. “The deep friendship we shared was based on mutual respect, brotherly love, and the strength of involvement in our campus,” said Montae Taylor, president of the NAACP chapter. Taylor went on to say that it was through Zimmerman’s charisma and constant encouragement that he became a student leader.
Zimmerman was a successful and active student leader on campus through involvement with the Student Government Association, Parks and Recreation and the ODU chapter of the NAACP. All those who remember Jordan spoke of the beauty of his character and the rich blessing his friendship was to all the men, women and children who knew him. “Jordan was an amazing young man who was extremely dedicated to his success and becoming a father,” said Frederick Wagner, the father of Jordan’s girlfriend Mia. “Jordan was very charismatic and humble. A man filled with joy, who was constantly happy.” Zimmerman was expecting the birth of his first child with his girlfriend Mia.
“Those who were blessed with Jordan’s memory are strengthened in the knowledge that his memory lives on in those who knew him” said Rachael Edmonds, speaker from the Old Dominion University Student Government Association. “Let us continue to pay his kindness, encouragement and love forward by positively touching the lives of others as Jordan did throughout his life”.
It can be said with the utmost truth that ODU and the world lost a beacon of light with the untimely passing of Jordan. However, as all those in attendance who knew Jordan related, his memory lives on in their hearts and in the good deeds paid forward by all of his friends and family.