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One South Carolina high school is reeling after a fatal car accident took the life of one of its students. Before this accident, three students have died in the last six months. Now, one more student is gone after a fatal car accident claimed his life.

The accident happened between three cars. While the South Carolina Highway Patrol have not yet disclosed many details while they are investigating the accident, they said that they believe the accident was caused when one car crossed the center line and struck another car. Two people, including the 17-year-old student, died in the accident. A third driver who couldn’t stop in time was also injured, though his injuries were fortunately non-life-threatening.

As authorities continue to investigate this matter, the community is trying to grasp the fact that the boy will never be around again. His principal said that the boy was a quiet but strong presence in his classes, and he was a leader in his school in a physics and engineering club. Understandably, his death will leave a hole as the community struggles to come to terms with the tragedy.

For the parents who lost their son, there can be no words to describe the agony involved. As they grieve, they retain the right to turn to South Carolina courts to pursue a wrongful death claim against any party deemed responsible for the fatal car accident. This type of legal action requires the plaintiff to prove the fatality occurred as a result of the negligent actions of another party. While nothing can change the outcome of the crash, a successfully prosecuted lawsuit may give the family some measure of solace in ensuring that those who are proved to have been negligent are held fully accountable under the law.

Source: The Beaufort Gazette, “Beaufort High student among 2 killed in SC 170 crash late Tuesday,” Anne Christnovich, Oct. 3, 2012


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