An Anderson County 15-year-old driver was killed Friday night while driving back from visiting his father's grave sit, according to the Anderson County coroner.
Coroner Charlie Bozeman said Matthew "Jet" McClellion was on his way home from visiting the cemetery where his father, who died a few months ago, is buried when he crashed along Cox Road.
McClellion went with friends, but drove himself as they followed in a car behind him, Bozeman said. Friends told the coroner that McClellion had been speeding down Cox Road when he lost control and tried to overcorrect, but the car flipped over.
Bozeman said McClellion died on impact. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the wreck, which blocked Cox Road completely for much of Friday night.
Bozeman said McClellion attended T.L. Hanna High School, where he played on the baseball team.
McClellion's father William Richard "Dicky" McClellion Jr., 65, was the owner of the Anderson Jockey Lot and passed away from cancer on June 19 at Anmed Health Medical Center, according to his obituary.
Jet McClellion worked at the Jockey Lot often with his dad before his death, and business owners who sell in the space said the loss is truly devastating.
"It's affected all the dealers at the Jockey Lot because Jet was really liked here at the Jockey Lot, he was a good kid," said Dwight Houser, who sells at the lot. "He was a fine young man, you don't find that many 15-year-old kids that are like he was."
Jet McClellion was a sophomore at Hanna, where he was also a member of the fishing team. He also played on the traveling baseball team for the Warriors.
Jet McClellion's funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Anderson. His burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
A candlelight service will be held in front of T. L. Hanna in memory of Jet on Monday at 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the T. L. Hanna Baseball Team, P.O. Box 3936, Anderson, SC 29622 or The Traveling Warriors Baseball Team.
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