A juvenile was killed early Monday morning when his pickup collided with an 18-wheeler on Union County Road 51, otherwise known as Myrtle-Poolville Rd.
Union County Chief Deputy Jimmy Edwards said that, because the teenager was a minor, he could not officially release his name to the public at the time of the accident.
However Gazette staff learned shortly after that the teenager in question is David Moody Jr., 16, a student of Myrtle High School and a member of the Myrtle High School baseball team.
Moody was killed when he pulled onto Myrtle-Poolville Rd. in front of an 18-wheeler carrying soybeans.
Edwards said the driver of the 18-wheeler had been airlifted to a hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Robert Gordon, coach of the Myrtle High School baseball team, called Moody a “special kid.”
“He was a good kid, a great guy,” Gordon said. “He had a chance to be a really good player. He was definitely special, and we just clicked very well. He was a super guy, and this is just breathtaking. I'm in awe, and I don't think this has really sunk in yet. I'm just in shock.”
Moody was a sophomore.