Teen driver killed after truck crashes into tree in Chester County

William Cory Abernathy
William Cory Abernathy

A 17-year-old Edgemoor man was killed after crashing into a tree in Chester County late Tuesday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The coroner’s office has not officially released the teen’s name, but Wednesday morning Chester County school officials released the following statement with permission from the teen’s family:

“The Lewisville High School family lost one of its own last night, William Cory Abernathy. Cory was a senior who loved the outdoors, working hard, and spending time with his family and friends. He was a man’s man who had learned the love of welding at the Chester County Career Center and had plans to pursue this career field after graduation. He was part of a fine group of our young men who loved his country and loved to fly the American flag on their trucks. His sweet smile, easygoing manner, and warm personality will surely be missed by his friends and faculty at Lewisville High School. Our condolences go out to his family. Arrangements will be announced later.”

The crash happened about 11:35 p.m. on Gaston Farm, according to Lance Cpl. Gary Miller, a Highway Patrol spokesman. A 2000 Ford F-150 was traveling east on Gaston Farm Road when the vehicle went off the left side of the roadway and struck a tree.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was fatally injured and pronounced dead at the scene, Miller said. There were no other vehicles involved, and the crash remains under investigation.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala