Eastside H.S. Student KIlled In Greenville County Crash - WSPA.com

Eastside H.S. Student KIlled In Greenville County Crash

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The Greenville County Coroner's Office says the passenger was 16-year-old Kaitlin Michelle Haynes of Greer. The Greenville County Coroner's Office says the passenger was 16-year-old Kaitlin Michelle Haynes of Greer.
One person has been killed in a wreck in Greenville County Sunday afternoon. One person has been killed in a wreck in Greenville County Sunday afternoon.
The wreck happened around 4:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Jug Factory Road, about six miles northeast of the town of Greer. The wreck happened around 4:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Jug Factory Road, about six miles northeast of the town of Greer.

South Carolina Highway Patrol troopers are still trying to determine what caused the wreck that took the life of a Greenville County high school student.

The coroner's office says 16 year old Kaitlin Haynes was a passenger, and was killed almost instantly.

Troopers say the wreck happened around 4:15 p.m. Sunday afternoon on Jug Factory Road, about six miles northeast of the town of Greer.  Haynes' friend, a 17-year-old female co-worker, was driving a Ford pickup truck when she overcorrected, and hit an embankment.  Haynes was thrown from the truck and killed.

Neighbor Karen Stroble lives feet from the crash site, and rushed to try to help the teen.  "I heard her 17 year old friend yelling help me, help me, so I went up there and got on the phone with 911," says Stroble.

Haynes was a sophomore at Eastside High School in Greenville and worked at Roller Sports skating rink in Taylors.  Her boss, Chris Bellinger, said fellow employees were taking the news hard.  "This is a terrible accident," he says.  "She was always smiling.  You could have a bad day and she comes in just grinning, bouncing off the walls, and you forgot what you were worried about cause she was just happy."

Coroner Jeff Fowler with the Greenville County Coroner's office says it's tragedies like this that his office is trying to prevent.  Fowler and others speak to area students several times a week about the dangers behind the wheel.  Of 24 total driving fatalities in Greenville County so far this year, two have been teens.  Both were not wearing their seatbelts.  "These kids are realizing it," Fowler says.  "They're seeing their classmates, their friends, lose their lives over something that is 100-percent preventable."

Troopers are still investigating the crash.  No charges have been filed.

The driver of the truck was wearing a seatbelt and not injured.

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