The four Clover High school students involved in a single-car crash on Monday are “recovering,” according to school officials.
Three of the four students, all seniors, remain hospitalized Tuesday. Two were transported by helicopter and the other was taken by ambulance, said district spokesperson Mychal Frost.
School officials were able to visit with some of the students and all of their families on Tuesday and reported they are in “good spirits.” Two of the students should be able to go home in the next few days. One student had a broken wrist and lacerated lung and the other had broken ribs, and a lacerated kidney and lung.
Those two students anticipate being able to walk at Clover High School’s graduation next week.
The third, Frost said, will have a “much longer road to recovery.” She had a second surgery Tuesday, and was suffering from broken ankles, a pelvis injury and a head laceration, but “is otherwise fine in terms of movement, sight, and thought,” according to a post on the district’s Facebook page.
If she is unable to attend graduation, Frost said the school will work with the family to accommodate her circumstances and will make the ceremony unique for her.
“The families continue to be appreciative of the support from the community and the prayers and support sent their way in the last 24 hours,” Frost said.
The fourth student in the accident, a freshman, was not injured and did not need to be transported, contrary to the district’s initial report on social media.
The driver of the car, Justin McBeth, 19, was charged with driving too fast for conditions. McBeth was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer on Bate Harvey Road around 3:30 p.m. when the SUV went off the right side of the roadway. He swerved, over-correcting to the left, and then the vehicle overturned multiple times, according to Highway Patrol.
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