Teen dies after SUV crashes, overturns in Laurens Co.

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LAURENS CO., SC (WSPA) – A teenager died after a crash along Indian Mound Road in Laurens County Tuesday evening.

According to Highway Patrol, the crash happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. near Elmore Road.

Troopers said an SUV traveling east on Indian Mound Road ran off the right side of the road, overcorrected, then ran off the left side of the road and flipped over multiple times.

The driver of the SUV was thrown from the vehicle and was airlifted to Prisma Health where he later died.

On Wednesday, Chief Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek identified the teen as Timothy Austin Sondles, 17, of Ware Shoals.

Cheek said Sondles died from blunt force injuries to the head and chest.

Ware Shoals School District Superintendent Dr. Fay Sprouse posted the following statement on the Ware Shoals School District Live Feed:

“Our district and community mourns the loss of Austin Sondles, Class of 2019. He is the grandson of Pal Wagner, who has worked here for many years as a bus driver and teacher’s assistant. Please lift this family up as they deal with this tragic loss!”

Earlier this year, Ware Shoals High School student Trinity Harrison died following a head-on crash that happened as she was on her way home from the prom.

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