Timothy Looper was the kind of teen who got along with everyone.
That's why students and staff at Lancaster High School were saddened to learn he died after a two-vehicle crash Monday morning.
Looper, a Lancaster High School sophomore died after a 7:25 a.m. crash on S.C. 200 involving a logging equipment vehicle, according to officials.
Looper, 16, of Great Falls, was driving a Honda Accord north when he collided with the back of a John Deere skidder, said Lance Cpl. Billy Elder of the S.C. Highway Patrol.
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The operator of the skidder, a 51-year-old Hickory Grove man, was flown from the crash to a Charlotte hospital for treatment.
Looper was pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash at Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, said Lancaster County Deputy Coroner Glen Crawford. Looper was trapped in the vehicle after the collision.
Some students at Lancaster High School left classes early as news of a classmate, known as TJ, spread. One of Looper's teachers, Michelle Allen, said even those who just knew of Looper seemed to be affected.
"He was one of those kids you could put next to someone he didn't know and the next week he would say, 'TJ's my buddy,'" said Allen, Looper's English teacher.
Looper, who often talked about cars, trucks and going "mudding," always seemed to be in a good mood in class, and he got along with everyone, she said.
"He didn't have an enemy in the class. He never seemed to be in the drama," she said. "It's just very sad."
Dan Duley, who was driving toward Lancaster on S.C. 200 around the time of the crash, said there was debris all over the road, and Looper's car was nearly demolished.
"It looked like the Accord went underneath the skidder," Duley said. "Looked like it peeled the roof off the car clear to the back seat. ... For a skidder driver on that large of a machine to be hurt, it had to be one heck of an impact."
The speed limit in the area of S.C. 200 near S.C. 97, just a mile from the Chester County line, is 55 mph, Elder said. The Highway Patrol was reconstructing the crash Monday, and officials haven't said how fast Looper was driving or what factors contributed to the crash.
Both vehicles were northbound. Duley, who was one of the first few people on the scene, said he made a 911 call.
"It just looked really bad," he said. "That someone so young lost his life, it's tragic."
The skidder operator was flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, and his condition was not available Monday afternoon.
A skidder is used to pull trees out of a forest and transport them to a landing site before going to a mill.
Duley, who lives near the crash scene, said he sees skidders traveling short distances on the roads all the time.
"It's such a massive, huge piece of machinery, there's no way for it to just ride on the shoulder," he said.
When they're going longer distances, skidders are often hauled on a flatbed.