Nation Ford principal: Victim in crash off I-77 near Chester was NFHS student


The victim in a single-car crash off Interstate 77 on Monday was a member of the Nation Ford High School senior class, according to the school principal.

In an email to school parents late Monday afternoon, principal Jason Johns said he has spoken with the parents of the crash victim to extend “our thoughts and prayers.”

In the email, Johns did not identify the crash victim, but said trained grief counselors will be available Tuesday at the Fort Mill school for individuals or small groups.

At approximately 1:20 p.m. Monday, the driver of a 2003 Suzuki SUV was travelling north on I-77, said Lance Cpl. Gary Miller with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

The driver ran off the right side of the road near mile marker 55 and struck a tree, Miller said.

The driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was trapped inside the car and died at the scene, Miller said.

No other cars were involved and no other passenger was in the car, Miller said.

The Chester County Coroner’s Office has not yet identified the victim.

Johns, the Nation Ford principal, said in his email to school parents that visitation and service arrangements will be announced when available.