Family speaks out after Cayce teen killed in car crash

Published: Oct. 2, 2023 at 10:35 PM EDT
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SUMTER, S.C. (WIS) - Respectful, kind-hearted, considerate, and compassionate. Those are the words family members use to describe 17-year-old Rysaun Foster.

According to the police report from the West Columbia Police Department, Foster was traveling westbound on I-26 when he lost control of the vehicle and hit a tree.

The family, who lives in Sumter, told WIS Foster was heading home early morning Sunday after enjoying a night out with his friends at the Stars and Stripes Bowling Alley in Columbia before the car accident.

Foster’s Grandmother, Donna Jackson, who owns Jackson’s Cuisine and Catering, said Rysaun was special to her, the family, and the family business in many different ways.

“Rysaun is special to us in several ways because not only did he work here in our family business, and he was a part of the establishing of our legacy here at Jackson’s Cuisine and Catering, but he was also my grandson and he worked diligently alongside his dad, his mom, his grandmother, his grandfather, and the rest of our family members here at Jackson’s,” said Foster’s grandmother.

Foster enjoyed being around his family while working at the family restaurant during the weekends.

Jackson told WIS her grandson loved everyone who walked in the door while serving soul food to customers.

Also, she told WIS he enjoyed having ox tails and candied yams as his favorite meal on Sundays.

“If I could say anything to Rysaun right now is that I love you, I re-miss you, and I will hold memories that we share in my heart forever,” said Jackson.

Foster was set to graduate next spring from Brookland-Cayce High School and planned on attending North Carolina A&T University to major in apparel web design and business.

Dr. Vance Jones, principal of Brookland-Cayce High School shared a statement on the passing of student RySaun Foster:

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