BEAUFORT, S.C. (WTOC) - An investigation is underway into a deadly single-vehicle crash that happened Tuesday on Bruce K Smalls Drive in Beaufort County.
South Carolina Highway Patrol says around 5 p.m., a 2004 Ford Expedition was driving on Bruce K Smalls Drive when it left the road and flipped several times.
Troopers say two people were thrown from the vehicle. The driver died, and the passenger was seriously injured and taken to a Charleston hospital.
The Beaufort County coroner has identified the deceased victim is 17-year-old Kevin Morazan, of Beaufort. He was a sophomore at Whale Branch High School and in the JROTC program.
“It’s a sad day for the Beaufort County School District, a sad day for Warrior Nation,” said Jim Foster, Beaufort County Schools Spokesman. “A terrifically popular student, very involved in school. Everybody is having a hard time dealing with it.”
A classmate put together a tribute video to Morazan on Facebook, telling us the beloved sophomore was always happy, had a lot of energy, and was always ready to have fun.
“He was an athlete. He played on the soccer team. He was the mascot for the high school,” Foster said. “He was the guy who dressed up in the warrior costume. He was known by a lot of kids and liked by a lot of kids and staff.”
The three other passengers are ages 17, 21, and 14. The injured victim’s name has not yet been released.
Officials with Whale Branch say a crisis response team of counselors, school psychologists, and social workers will be at the school all day Wednesday, and then all day Thursday as well.
“Unfortunately, several times during the year, we have emergencies like this,” Foster said. “We do have staff in place, prepared for it, but it’s always tragic when it does happen.”
Troopers say both victims were not wearing a seat belt.