SPARTANBURG CO., SC (WSPA) – An Upstate high school and an Upstate church are mourning the loss of a beloved student after a crash in Spartanburg County Tuesday night.
According to S.C. Highway Patrol, 16-year-old Kolson Elliott was headed westbound on Drayton Road around 8:30 p.m. when he rear-ended another vehicle, ran off the road, down an embankment, and overturned into Lawsons Fork Creek.
Elliott was taken to Spartanburg Regional where he died from his injuries.
7 News learned more about the impact the teen had on those who knew him.
“It’s just the call that nobody wants to ever receive,” Larry Allen said.
Larry Allen was Elliott’s Bible fellowship teacher and his neighbor. Allen remembers Elliott as being very respectful.
“One thing, for sure, that I loved to see about him was just his facial expressions,” Allen said. “He was somebody short on words, but yet, you could read him from his face.”
Elliott was a 10th grader and a basketball player at Boiling Springs High School. The school district sent out a statement and described him as a superior student.
The district said Elliott was a member of many clubs and organizations and was very active with his youth group at First Baptist North Spartanburg.
“He was there all the time. Very faithful member,” Allen said. “Showed it with signs, for sure. His commitment and the way he honored God’s word.”
Allen told 7 News that he’s praying for Elliott’s family and said they should be proud of the son they raised.
“They did well with him,” he said.
Elliott’s mother is a teacher and volleyball coach at Boiling Springs High School.
The school district said there will be counselors on hand for any students and staff who may need support.
The driver and passenger of the other vehicle involved in Tuesday night’s crash were also taken to the hospital for their injuries. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
Highway Patrol is still investigating the crash.
Spartanburg School District Two released the following statement:
It is with a heavy heart this morning that we mourn the passing of one of our beloved students Kolson Elliott, a tenth grader at Boiling Springs High School. Kolson’s mother, Allyson Elliott, is also a teacher at BSHS, making this loss even deeper for all of us. Our collective prayers are with the Elliott Family and Kolson’s friends, peers, teammates and teachers.
Kolson was a vibrant young man who loved playing basketball and was very active with his youth group at First Baptist North Spartanburg. He will be missed by all of us.
Since learning of this tragedy, we have worked alongside the BSHS Administrative Team to provide counselors and any necessary support to the students and staff at the school. BSHS Principal Chuck Gordon has also been in contact with the Elliott Family since yesterday evening to ensure all of their needs are met.
“Kolson Elliott was a precious member of the Boiling Springs High School Family! He was a friend, a member of the basketball team, member of many clubs and organizations, and was a superior student. Most importantly, he brought light into a room anytime he entered, as he had a positively infectious smile and zest for life that permeated his surroundings,” Principal Gordon said. “I am, and we are, grateful for the time the Lord allowed us to have with Kolson, as we are better for our encounter with him. May the Lord be with the Elliott family during this most difficult time.”