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Evans teen dies in Aiken County wreck

Posted: January 12, 2014 - 1:06am
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Former Greenbrier High School student Helen Reid, 18, died Wednesday near Bath.   Special Photo
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Former Greenbrier High School student Helen Reid, 18, died Wednesday near Bath.

Grief counselors were at Greenbrier High School Thursday after the death of a former student.

Helen Reid, 18, died Wednesday when the vehicle she was riding in hit a tree near Bath, S.C.

“If (students) need to have somebody come and talk, to share thoughts with and feelings with, things like that,” Principal Chris Segraves said of the counselors.

Reid, of Evans, dropped out of Greenbrier and got her GED early, said her father, Andy. “She was a very artistic, musical person,” he said. “She loved everybody, had friends galore.”

Reid was the backseat passenger in a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, driven by Austin Beard, of North Augusta. At about 2 p.m., the Jeep ran off the side of Dixie Clay Road and struck an embankment and a tree, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Judd Jones.

Reid, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the Jeep and died at the scene, according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. She was Aiken County’s first traffic fatality of the year.

The Jeep was traveling at a high rate of speed and overturned, Carlton said.

Beard and passenger Tyler Gardner were wearing seat belts and were taken to the Georgia Regents Medical Center, where they were in critical condition early Friday according to a hospital spokeswoman.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the families and friends of those individuals involved in this tragic accident,” Columbia County sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Of 4,787 wrecks sheriff’s office staff investigated in 2013, seat belts were not worn in 272 of the accidents, he said.

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