Teacher remembers student killed in Beaufort wreck

Published: Oct. 3, 2012 at 10:32 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 3, 2012 at 12:40 AM EDT
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Doug Plank
Doug Plank

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol continues to investigate a tragic wreck that killed two drivers, both from Beaufort. One was a high school senior.

It was a tough day for many teachers, faculty, and students at Beaufort High School as they mourn the loss of one of their own.

Richard Rottet, 17, was a high school senior with a passion for engineering. Engineering teacher Doug Plank had Rottet in class for three years and describes him as a quiet but happy kid who always worked behind the scenes.

"We've had a good robotics team and a lot of that success is due to Richard's input," said Plank. "If we needed a special mechanism or gear box, someone could sketch it and Richard would develop it and they would always work. He didn't have to run the robot, he was in the pit working.

Plank says Richard would go out of his way to help, even making a sample gearing mechanism to help other students.

"On his own during lunch period and he built this example to share with others," said Plank.

But his life and the life of another driver, Jason Anderson, 27, tragically came to an end Tuesday night during a three vehicle accident on SC 170 near Old Baileys Road.

"All the kids said it today as they were emailing back and forth what a great example he has been and how one of their own has left them with something they will never forget, how to work, helping and making things happen," said Plank.

Counselors will continue to be on hand to help deal with this loss.

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