Two teens die in Midlands wreck

LANCASTER COUNTY, SC (WBTV) - Two students at Andrew Jackson High School in Lancaster were killed in a traffic wreck on Monday.

Andrew Jackson High School assistant principal Alex Dabney says 17-year old Justin Brewer and 16-year old Derrick Peach were remembered during the morning announcements on Tuesday. "We just had our traditional moment of silence and we extended it," said Dabney. "Both had outgoing personalities; [They were] loved by students and teachers alike."

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Justin was driving a 2004 Mazda when he ran a stop sign at the intersection of Phillipstown and Fork Hill Roads. His vehicle then hit an embankment and overturned. Justin died at the scene and Derrick was airlifted to a medical center in Columbia, where he later died.

"Both young men were very good athletes," Dabney said. "Both of them had played basketball at one time or another."

He said Derrick was also on the golf team, while Justin played baseball. Counselors were brought to the school on Tuesday to help students cope with news of the tragedy. "We've also had a number of local ministers come in and youth pastors come in today [Tuesday] and, of course, we've opened our doors up to them," Dabney said.

In this small community, it's also very tough for faculty members as well. "A lot of faculty graduated from Andrew Jackson High School and went on to college and got a degree in education and have come back to teach these students, but they were also friends with the family," Dabney said.

Funeral arrangements for the teens are incomplete.

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