- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 22, 2007

VIRGINIA BEACH (AP) — A Virginia Tech freshman who returned home with his family after last week’s campus massacre was killed in a car crash Friday, his father said yesterday.

Jeff Soriano, 18, died at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital after he was pulled from the wreckage of his burning car, police said.

Enrique Soriano, speaking by telephone from his home in Chesapeake, said he picked up his son in the days after the April 16 massacre on the Blacksburg campus.

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Mr. Soriano said his son was in the engineering school.

Jeff Soriano’s vehicle flipped several times and struck a tree before coming to rest, investigators said. The cause of the crash is not known.

Rob Waring heard the crash from inside his real estate office. He found Mr. Soriano unconscious inside. Mr. Waring and others attempted to pull open the driver-side door.

“The door wouldn’t open, and the car was starting to burn,” Mr. Waring told the Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk.

They were ultimately able to open the door. “We got a hold on the kid’s wrist and hauled him out and across the street,” Mr. Waring said.

Mr. Waring said he talked to a relative of Mr. Soriano’s who was at the crash scene.

“That’s when I found out he was a Tech undergrad who had just gotten home, so that sort of brought this terrible week into focus for me,” said Mr. Waring, who attended Virginia Tech in the 1970s.

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