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Rock Hill student dies in wreck, counselors to be at school

Counselors will be at Rock Hill High School Monday and Tuesday after a weekend car wreck claimed the life of a student and critically injured another.

Lindsay Rebecca Craven, 17, of 426 Homeplace Road in Rock Hill died Saturday night when her car ran off the road and overturned several times. Her passenger, Pressley Melton, 15, of 3616 Cornwell Court, Catawba, was in critical condition tonight at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Classes are not in session Monday for students because of a teacher development day, but Rock Hill High will be open from 1 to 3 p.m. for students to write in a journal to share thoughts of the two girls or to talk to counselors, said Elaine Baker, a Rock Hill school district spokeswoman.

The single-vehicle wreck occurred at 8:05 p.m. Saturday on Neely Creek Road, two miles south of Rock Hill, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Craven was traveling south in rainy weather at an estimated speed of 60 mph in a 45 mph zone. She was entering a curve when she lost control of the 1994 Nissan Altima. She ran off the right side of the road into an open embankment and the car overturned several times, Robinson said.

Craven and Melton, who were not wearing seat belts, were thrown from the car. Craven was pronounced dead at the scene. Melton was taken by EMS to Piedmont Medical Center and later airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, Robinson said.

The accident is still under investigation, Robinson said.

Toxicology tests are pending, but alcohol isn’t believed to have been a factor, he said.

For more on this story, see Monday's Herald.