CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Former Colleton County basketball player Alex Sherrill passed away on Tuesday afternoon from injuries he sustained in a car accident on Friday.
According to Colleton County Fire and Rescue, Sherrill’s car collided with the rear of a flatbed tractor trailer that was making a left turn. His vehicle received heavy damage and the unrestrained driver was trapped in the wreckage.
He was eventually taken to Trident Medical Center where he passed away.
Sherrill, who was redshirting in his freshman season at USC Salkehatchie, was an all-state selection during his senior year at Colleton County in 2020 and was also named the Region Player of the year.
“He was always smiling and joking, is always smiling and joking.” Colleton County head coach Matthew Mullins said. “He’s fun to be around, is a great basketball player. A fun kid to be around, great for teammates, great for comradery, made the team feel like a family just based on his personality. "
“Our hearts break and our team will never be the same, as we mourn the passing of Alex Sherrill.” USC Salkehatchie head coach Glen Mayo said in a post on social medial. “It was an honor and pleasure to know and coach Alex Sherrill. He was an amazing human, that was the definition of selfless. He always put others above him self. His smile was contagious and his passion for basketball couldn’t be contained. He was committed to taking the stairs - he never looked for any shortcuts or took the easy way out. There is no doubt in my mind that he had a very successful and prosperous future ahead of him. It breaks my heart that it got cut so short. Our program is currently discussing numerous ideas that will allow his legacy to live on forever here at USC Salk. Our hearts and prayers are with his family during this time.”
Unfortunately, Sherrill’s accident is the just the latest tragedy his family is going through. His mother Susan was in a car accident of her own back in 2016 that has left her in a wheelchair. Then, just before Christmas last month, Sherrill’s father passed away unexpectedly as well.