Details released on crash that killed Easley High School student in Pickens County

Details released on crash that killed Easley High School student in Pickens County
Pickens County student killed in crash (Source: WYFF News 4)

EASLEY, S.C. (WIS) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol released the details about a crash that killed a 16-year-old Easley High School student.

The crash happened about 11 a.m. Wednesday on Pope Field Road near Summer Street.

The student killed was a 16-year-old rising junior, according to Darian Byrd with the Pickens County School District. The student’s name has not been released by the coroner.

Troopers said the 16-year-old was driving on Pope Field Road and tried to pass another vehicle, also driven by a 16-year-old.

The victim’s vehicle hit the other vehicle on the left front, then went off the road and hit a tree, troopers said.

Troopers said the victim was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle.

The other vehicle had the driver and three other juvenile passengers — all were wearing seat belts, troopers said.

They said no one in that vehicle was injured.

The Pickens County School District released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we share news of the death of a rising junior at Easley High School as a result of a car accident on Wednesday, June 9, 2021.

We are deeply saddened by this loss,’ said SDPC Superintendent Danny Merck. ‘Our thoughts, prayers and heartfelt condolences are with the family and friends at this time.

This is an emotional loss for the entire Easley High School family. I’m sure the community will make every effort to comfort and support the family as they attempt to deal with this traumatic loss. There are no adequate words to express our sense of grief and sympathy for the family.

‘There will be counselors available at Easley High School throughout the afternoon of Wednesday, June 9 and on Thursday, June 10 to support students and staff.”

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