Grief counselors were at Greenbrier High School to console students on Thursday, a day after a former Greenbrier student died in a car wreck.
Helen Reid, 18, was killed when the vehicle in which she was riding hit a tree near Bath.
“If (students) need to have somebody come and talk, to share thoughts with and feelings with – things like that,” Principal Chris Segraves said.
Reid, of Evans, dropped out of Greenbrier and got her GED, said her father, Andy Reid.
“She was a very artistic, musical person,” he said. “She loved everybody, had friends galore.”
Reid was the back-seat passenger in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee driven by Austin Beard, of North Augusta. About 2 p.m., the SUV ran off the side of Dixie Clay Road and hit an embankment and a tree, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.
Reid, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. She was Aiken County’s first traffic fatality of the year.
The Jeep was traveling at high speed and overturned, Carlton said.
Beard and front-seat passenger Tyler Gardner were wearing seat belts and were taken to Georgia Regents Medical Center, where they were in critical condition early Thursday, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those individuals involved in this tragic accident,” Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.