BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - A wreck in the Lowcountry claimed the life of a Bluffton woman Wednesday afternoon. The South Carolina Highway Patrol says it happened around 3:15 p.m. on Bluffton Parkway near Burnt Church Road.
The victim has been identified as 61-year-old Pressana Grant, of Bluffton.
SCHP says Grant was traveling in the eastbound lanes of Bluffton Parkway when she ran off the road and hit a large tree. The car then caught on fire.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the crash.
People we spoke to mentioned how gracious and humble Grant was. They also bragged about how incredible her voice was.
"It's been so hard to put it together because it hurts to know that she's gone, but she's not gone. She's still here in my heart," said cousin Danielle Tennison-Brown.
Years ago, Grant led the gospel choir program at Hilton Head High School. Her role with that group and her willingness to sing anywhere she was asked makes this loss a sad thing for the entire community.
"Her family definitely shared Ann with the community, and it's a loss for the entire community right now of all backgrounds," said Bridgette Frazier, a member of the gospel choir program. "She wasn't just someone you might see in the community or singing at church. There would be people who would go to Home Goods where she worked on the islands to look for her to get into a conversation with her about the goodness of God or just the daily thing. She had that way with people. She had a kind word for everyone. Her compassion for the community and just the people was something that is hard to put into words."
"It's not just family hurting right now. It's the town of Bluffton that's hurting because we all knew her," said Tennison-Brown. "She sang at weddings, funerals, any event that you asked her to be in, or be at, she was there as long as she didn't have to work."