Fort Mill Times

Student killed in single-car crash

For the second time in less than a week, a vehicle crash has claimed the life of a Nation Ford High School student, officials said.

Luke Hoover, 17, of 102 Erving St., Fort Mill, died Saturday night from injuries received in a single-vehicle accident, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said.

The fatal crash occurred around 10:15 p.m. Saturday along Holbrook Road, Gast said.

"He had just left home and was going to a friend's house to play videos," Gast said of Hoover. "A friend was following him.

"He left the road and hit a tree," she added.

Hoover, a member of the Falcons' cross country team who competed in a meet earlier in the day, was wearing a seat belt, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

"We suffer with the parents," Fort Mill schools Superintendent Keith Callicutt said Sunday morning. "We are just so sorry. We have them all in our thoughts and prayers."

The collision happened along Holbrook Road about one mile south of Fort Mill. Hoover was heading south in a 1998 Jeep Cherokee, according to Cpl. Bryan McDougald of the state highway patrol. Hoover was in the process of passing another vehicle when he lost control, went down an embankment and struck a tree, McDougald said.

Holbrook is a long, winding somewhat rural road off Doby's Bridge Road in an area that's surrounded by subdivisions built in recent years.

Hoover's death marks the second time since Monday that a fatal crash has claimed the life on a Nation Ford High School student.

"We find that devastating," Callicutt said.

On Monday, Michelle DiBernardini, 16, a junior, died when the 1996 Ford Probe she was traveling in collided with a pickup truck. Three others, including two Nation Ford High seniors, were injured in that collision.

DiBernardini's homegoing ceremony was held Friday. School officials were planning to have a memorial service for the teen within weeks.

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