Spartanburg High student dies after 3-vehicle crash


SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Officials say an 18-year-old Spartanburg High School student died following a three-vehicle crash.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the crash happened just before 10:30 p.m. Monday on South Pine Street near Forest Street.

The victim is identified as Caleb Shammeh Fant, 18, of Spartanburg.

The coroner said Fant was taken to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center for his injuries, where he died a short time later.

Spartanburg County School District 7 officials confirmed Fant was a Spartanburg High School student .

Spartanburg High Principal Vance Jones issued the following statement after Fant’s passing:

“The Spartanburg High School community is shaken today by the tragic loss of our SHS family member, Caleb Fant. We grieve with the Fant family and are here to support them in any way we can. Caleb was a Viking through and through, and his joyful spirit will live on among us. His senior year was a time that held great promise, and we will all join his classmates in continuing to honor his memory as a member of the Class of 2020.”

District 7 Superintendent Dr. Russell Booker also issued a statement:

“Our hearts are heavy in District Seven today. Caleb was a member of the Vikings basketball program and was known and loved by the SHS community as a personable young man who was full of joy. He had many friends, and his loss is one that we all feel deeply. Coach Fred Ford shared that Caleb enjoyed being a part of the Viking basketball family, was a true gentleman, and was a β€˜yes sir – no sir’ type of student-athlete. Coach Ford described Caleb’s enthusiasm for his teammates as exceptional – he was constantly smiling and encouraging others. Furthermore, Caleb was integral to the Vikings success last year and will be sorely missed in what would have been his final season this year.”

Spartanburg Police Department is investigating the crash.

Police said in a release that Fant was in a vehicle that stalled on S. Pine Street near Forest Avenue.

Fant and his brother were attending to the stalled SUV when they were hit from behind by a car, police said.

One victim was thrown into a lane of traffic and hit by another car, according to police.

Both victims were taken to a hospital for their injuries.

Police said Caleb Fant died shortly before 11 p.m. Monday. 

As of Tuesday, no one had been charged in the crash.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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