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Teen was speeding before crash that killed him, girlfriend on prom night, SC cops say

Keith Schemm and Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel were killed in a car crash after attending the prom at Wando High School this month.
Keith Schemm and Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel were killed in a car crash after attending the prom at Wando High School this month. Facebook Screengrab from Keith Schemm

A police report on the car crash that killed two teens after they left a South Carolina high school prom said the driver was going nearly twice the speed limit.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department said Keith Schemm was driving 70 in a 40-mph zone — “too fast for conditions,” WCIV reported.

The 19-year-old freshman and Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, 18, were pronounced dead on scene at the April 7 single-vehicle crash that happened after the two attended the prom, according to WCBD.

According to the report, Schemm hit a curb and sidewalk on the right side of the road, then overcorrected, going across the left lane before leaving the road and smashing into a tree, WCSC reported.

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The report said “speeding contributed to the crash,” per postandcourier.com.

Forensic exams to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved have not been released, according to WCIV.

Schemm was a freshman cadet at The Citadel, and Daniel was a senior at Wando High School, according to WCBD.

In 2018, Schemm graduated from Wando, where he “met and began dating,” Daniel, The Citadel reported.

Both Daniel and Schemm had the same profile picture on each of their Facebook pages, an image of them hugging and smiling.

The Citadel held an April 11 service to celebrate Schemm, who “will be entombed in the chapel’s Memorial Bell Tower Columbarium,” according to The Citadel.

On April 13, a funeral service was held for Daniel at The Church at LifePark Church, her obituary on Dignity Memorial said.

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office, north of Austin, Texas is testing cardboard cutouts of deputies holding radar guns in school zones in an effort to get drivers to slow down on their morning commutes.

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