One Bethune-Cookman University student was killed and four others were injured this morning in a single-car crash in the 300 block of S. Martin Luther King Boulevard, Daytona Beach police said.

The fatal car crash that took the life of Marcus A. Thomas (

Marcus A. Thomas, 18, of Birmingham, Ala., was killed in the crash which occurred about 8:30 a.m., police spokesman Jimmie Flynt said.

Thomas was riding in the front seat and was not wearing a seat belt, Flynt said. As the southbound vehicle veered off the roadway and struck a utility pole, his head hit the windshield.

The driver was identified as Carl A. Beasley Jr., 18, of Fairburn, Ga. Beasley may have fallen asleep at the wheel, Flynt said.

Beasley and passengers Erick V, Godbee, 18, of Daytona Beach, Matthew J. Lezala, 22, of Daytona Beach, and Johnus S. Greenlee, 19, of Chicago, were treated at Halifax Health Medical Center for injuries that were not life-threatening, Flynt said.

Thomas was a freshman music education major and a member of the Marching Wildcats Band, B-CU spokeswoman Meredith Rodriguez said.

“The university will be providing grief counselors on campus to help those in need of support,” she said.

Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel