Westwood High School student-athlete dies in car crash

Westwood High School student-athlete dies in car crash
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Ellis Hawkins (Source: Palmetto Sports Imaging)
Ellis Hawkins (Source: Palmetto Sports Imaging)

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC (WIS) - The Westwood High School community is mourning the loss of an 11th-grade student who was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Blythewood on Thursday night.

Ellis Hawkins, 16, was a passenger in a car with two other teenagers that collided with another vehicle on Wilson Boulevard near Fulmer Road around 6 p.m. Coroner Gary Watts confirmed Hawkins' identity and said he was restrained in the back seat at the time of the accident.

Watts says Hawkins died three hours after the accident.

Hawkins played varsity basketball and football at Westwood High.

Westwood High School principal Cheryl Guy sent the following email to parents on Friday morning:

Dear Westwood Parents,

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the southbound 2005 Saturn that Hawkins was riding in lost control, veered into the northbound lane and struck a 2010 Cadillac.

Two 17-year-olds in the Saturn were hospitalized.

The driver of the northbound vehicle sustained serious, but non-life threatening injuries, according to troopers.

No other details were immediately available.

The accident remains under investigation.

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