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Candlelight vigil for Dorman prom queen killed in accident

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Area where the crash occurred on I-26 (FOX Carolina/ April 27, 2018) Area where the crash occurred on I-26 (FOX Carolina/ April 27, 2018)
Tiara Bryant-Geter (Source: Spartanburg District 6) Tiara Bryant-Geter (Source: Spartanburg District 6)
SPARTANBURG, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A Dorman High School senior was killed and another teen was hurt when a car ran off the interstate and struck a tree in Spartanburg County Friday morning.

The crash happened on I-26 near mile marker 27 just after 8 a.m.

Troopers said an 18-year-old from Spartanburg was driving a 2004 Kia that ran off the road and struck a tree on the right side of the road. The driver was entrapped and died at the scene, troopers said.

The coroner identified the victim as Tiara Bryant-Geter of Watermere Drive. Coroner Rusty Clevenger said  Bryant-Geter was pronounced dead at the crash site at 8:17 a.m.

A 16-year-old passenger was injured and taken to the hospital. Troopers did not know that victim’s condition.

Spartanburg County School District Six confirmed Bryant-Geter was a senior at Dorman High School.

"When anyone was sad, she would always cheer them up with her smile," said Senior Ivori McJimpsey. "She would always walk in with a bright smile and that's what everybody, my friends, the students, everybody loved about her."

McJimpsey said senior prom is Saturday night, and it broke her heart knowing Bryant-Geter had been looking forward to the day since her junior year.

"She just wanted to go to her senior prom, that was the best thing for her," McJimpsey said. "And I just wanted it for her."

"Tiara is truly loved by our entire Cavalier family," said Principal Ken Kiser, Dorman High School "She was a very active member in our JROTC program and had such a positive impact on our students and staff. As a senior, her hard work earned her acceptance into college, but Tiara had aspirations to serve and protect others by joining the US Air Force. Additional counselors are on hand for our students and staff. We ask that you join us in keeping the family in your thoughts and prayers."

Cynthia Robinson, a spokesperson for the school district, said Bryant-Geter was also a member of the homecoming court.

"She was always the same person since first grade," said a friend, Jordan Rice-Woodruff. "She was always happy and enjoyable from any scene or any place that she was in. Her friendship with everyone was unbreakable."

Rice-Woodruff graduated from Dorman but said his friendship with Bryant-Geter continued. He said it's proof that she cared deeply for everyone, and he believes there's no doubt that's how she'll be remembered.

"She always made you feel loved," Rice-Woodruff said. "There was not a time or a place where I could think of Tiara without a smile on her face."

Bryant-Geter was voted the school's 2018 prom queen Saturday night. The students shared a photo of the teen encouraging others to vote for Bryant-Geter as a way to honor her life.

Bryant-Geter's funeral will be held Friday afternoon at the Sigsbee Church of Christ.

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