A North Carolina Central football player injured in a crash that killed a North Carolina Central student last month was charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, authorities said.

Tariq Jacobs, 19, was the driver of a Honda when the vehicle crossed the median and collided with another vehicle on Highway 55 near Crete Street on March 31.

Jacobs, a sophomore football player, sustained injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

NCCU senior Cherkeria Reid died in the two-vehicle wreck, authorities said.

Reid, who was a recreation administration major, was a two-team sports manager with football and women’s basketball.

“Chekeria was such a vibrant young woman who would light up the room with her energy and enthusiasm, NCCU athletic director Ingrid Wicker-McCree said in a statement. “I enjoyed my conversations with her about career aspirations in athletics. She took her job as a manager with our women’s basketball and football teams very seriously and it showed in her dedication to her fellow peers, coaches, and our athletics program. We will miss her dearly.”

Investigators said speed played a role in the crash.


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