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Former Dutch Fork High School football player dies after single-vehicle rollover crash

Published: Dec. 28, 2021 at 10:17 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 29, 2021 at 11:33 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - A former Dutch Fork football player is dead after a single-vehicle crash in Richland County.

The Richland County Coroner, Naida Rutherford says Elijah Chapman, Spring Hill High School Class of 2021, was identified as the former student who lost his life in a crash on Tuesday around 12:05 a.m. near Will Richardson Circle.

According to South Carolina Highway Patrol officials, Chapman was traveling on Shady Grove Road when he went off the side of the road, hit a ditch, overturned, and then hit a tree. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the truck.

An announcement was made on Dutch Fork High School’s football team’s Facebook account on Tuesday.

“Please continue to keep Elijah’s family and friends, our team, coaches and community lifted in prayer,” the post said.

The crash investigation was led by SCHP, and Coroner Rutherford says she will continue to work with SCHP to investigate the incident.

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