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Family of Upstate teen killed in a car accident plans blood drive

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Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family) Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family)
Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family) Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family)
Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family) Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family)
Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family) Family of Upstate teen killed in crash to host blood drive. (Source: Family)
EASLEY, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Kevin Orzech is left remembering June 18, the day of a fatal car crash in Pickens County.

"I guess the only way you could describe it was just powerlessness," Orzech said.

It was the day he had to say goodbye to his beloved niece, Meghan.

"I think in total we were at the hospital between 12 and 14 hours and it was a minute by minute, critical situation,” Orzech said. “We were more or less waiting minute by minute to hear any kind of news."

Troopers said Meghan Nicholson ran off the side of the road, traveled down and embankment and struck a tree.

Orzech said it was so unexpected - a phone call that would lead to heartbreak for the entire family.

"That was a very difficult day and a very confusing day for everyone involved,” Orzech said.

The family said they weren't ready to say goodbye. They needed to hold Meghan’s hand one last time.

"They were given that opportunity to go back there and to tell her they were proud of her and to tell her they loved her," Orzech said.

The uncle said it was a gift that they were able to be with Meghan in her last hours.

"That was a direct result of selfless blood donors that had previously donated,” Orzech added.

Now the family said they want to share that opportunity with others, and give more families a chance to say their goodbye.

"I think in her nature of giving and caring and just the selflessness of herself, she would very much support these efforts," Orzech said.

Their plan is to host a blood drive in her honor by partnering with Pickens High School, to give Meghan’s peers a chance to donate.

The family said those final ‘I love yous’ meant everything to them. As the days go by, they are getting through the grief by thinking of their favorite memories with Meghan.

"We were able to go for a little drive when she first got her license in my truck,” Orzech remembered. “She was the queen of the world at that moment in time and I'm just glad I had that opportunity with her."

The blood drive will be on August 5th at Pickens High School from 11a.m. to 4p.m.

The family is asking everyone to RSVP by calling (803) 606-2546 or emailing orzech.kevin@gmail.com.

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