The South Carolina Highway Patrol has called out its MAIT Team to conduct the investigation into an accident that took place recently. The fatal car accident occurred on Jug Factory Road in Greenville County. An Eastside High School sophomore was killed as the result of the crash.
According to Greenville County's coroner, the victim was a 16-year-old girl from Greer. She was killed when the pickup truck she was riding in flipped during the crash. The 17-year-old that was driving the truck did not sustain any injuries as a result of the accident.
The young driver had somehow lost control of the pickup truck he was driving and ended up running off of the road. When he attempted to get back onto the road, the driver over corrected, ended up on the opposite side of the road and went off the shoulder. It was then that the pickup truck rolled.
Teenage drivers may know the basics of driving, but they tend to lack the experience required to handle a vehicle when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, most teens also believe they are invincible and that nothing bad will happen to them. This combination can sometimes be deadly as is the case here.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol has not yet indicated whether they will be filing any charges against the driver in connection with this fatal car accident. The family of the young girl that was killed does retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties that are deemed responsible for her death. It will depend on the relationship between the family of the deceased girl and the teen whether they to file a civil action.
Source: Greer-Taylors, SC Patch, "Eastside Student Killed in Fatal Crash Sunday," Carolyn Farr Smith, May 13, 2013