Chester County teen killed in crash day after birthday

Lindsey Nease
Lindsey Nease

The Chester County teenager killed in a Friday wreck in Great Falls had just turned 17 the day before the crash.

Lindsey Nease, who lived on Dewitt Road in Blackstock, was riding in a southbound 2004 Pontiac when it left the right side of S.C. 901 about five miles south of Great Falls, according to the Highway Patrol. The car struck a fence and then a utility pole.

Troopers say the 21-year-old driver, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured. It’s not known if Nease was wearing a seat belt.

Nease was taken by ambulance to Springs Memorial Hospital in Lancaster, and then to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where she died Saturday morning, the Highway Patrol said.

Chester County Coroner Terry Tinker said Nease died from blunt force trauma to the head.

The crash remains under investigation by the Highway Patrol.

Nease was an 11th-grade student in the Chester County Adult Education program, but she previously attended Great Falls High School. She had been a student and teacher at Ruthie’s School of Dance in Great Falls, according to her obituary.

She was the second Chester County teenager killed in a traffic collision this month. Lewisville High senior William Cory Abernathy, 17, died after his truck crashed into a tree in Richburg on Dec. 1.

Nease’s funeral will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Great Falls. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home in Great Falls.

Teddy Kulmala: 803-329-4082, @teddy_kulmala