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Teen killed, 3 injured in post-prom crash

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The intersection of S. Pleasantburg Drive and Cleveland Street, where the coroner says a teen was killed Saturday night. (May 6, 2012/FOX Carolina) The intersection of S. Pleasantburg Drive and Cleveland Street, where the coroner says a teen was killed Saturday night. (May 6, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A teenager was killed in a Greenville crash Saturday following Woodmont High School's prom, according to the Greenville County coroner.

Coroner Barry Wright said the crash happened at South Pleasantburg Drive and Cleveland Street at 11:47 p.m. Saturday involving a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck and a 1998 Ford Mustang.

Wright said four teens who attended Woodmont's prom at Flour Daniel were riding in the Mustang when it collided with the truck. He said 18-year-old Rikki Paige West of Belton was killed in the crash.

West died at Greenville Memorial Hospital where she was taken following the crash, along with the driver of the Mustang, two other teen passengers and the driver of the truck, who all sustained non-life threatening injuries, the coroner said.

According to Wright, the driver of the Mustang was in the left hand turn lane of S. Pleasantburg in order to make a left onto Cleveland Street Ext., but a passenger in the car told him to make a right instead of a left onto Cleveland Street. He made a quick turn to switch directions, crossing all lanes of traffic and collided with the truck, Wright said.

In the crash, the truck flipped after colliding with the Mustang's passenger side door, where West was sitting, the coroner said.

Wright said all four of the teens were unrestrained. He said he believed they were headed to Star Bowling Lanes, which is right down the road from where the accident happened.

Woodmont High officials did not release a statement following the crash, but Greenville County Schools officials said they would have grief counselors on hand for students, staff and faculty on Monday.

Friends of West remembered her throughout the region. They said she loved country music, and was a regular at the 418 Dance Barn in Pelzer.

"She was a lot of fun to be around," said Betty Ivester at the barn. "She kept everybody laughing. She never come in the door, if she didn't come up and hug your neck."

The dancers at 418 expect a big crowd this Saturday to remember West. They will post a picture of her on the barn wall, which will stay there permanently.

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