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Police say speed was leading factor in crash killing 3 in Wellford

An Upstate school district released a statement on their passing on Wednesday
Published: Apr. 19, 2022 at 5:03 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 25, 2022 at 4:52 PM EDT
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SPARTANBURG COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Three people including a mother and her young daughter were killed in a crash in Wellford Tuesday afternoon.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Greenville Highway and Tucapaua Road shortly before 4:50 p.m. on April 19.

Coroner Rusty Clevenger identified the victims as 43-year-old Jackalon Le Mattison, 30-year-old Megan Barnett and 6-year-old Briley Barnett.

Megan and Briley Barnett
Megan and Briley Barnett(Provided by family)
Jackalon Mattison
Jackalon Mattison(Provided by family)

CRASH INVESTIGATION

The Wellford Police Department is investigating the crash.

On Monday, the Wellford Police chief said investigators believe speed was the leading factor in the crash. Mattison was the driver of the white Ford that police say caused the wreck.

Investigators are still working to get data from the vehicles involved in the wreck and said they will release more details soon.

Coroner responds to crash in Wellford
Coroner responds to crash in Wellford(FOX Carolina)

COMMUNITY RESPONSE

Spartanburg District Five confirmed that Megan Barnett worked as a teacher’s assistant at Wellford Academy. Her daughter Briley Barnett was a first-grade student at the same school. The district released the following statement on the tragic crash:

“Spartanburg District Five Schools joins the entire community in grieving the loss of two beloved members of the Wellford Academy, and District Five family. Megan Barnett, a teacher’s assistant at Wellford, and her daughter, Briley, a 1st grader at the school, died tragically Tuesday in a car accident not far from the school campus.

Megan worked for District Five since 2015, and was a kindergarten teacher’s assistant at Wellford, where she was a bright light for her students and fellow faculty members. She was a Wellford product, herself, and a proud Byrnes High School graduate. Her vivacious smile and laugh reflected her huge heart, and the love she had for her family, school and community.

Briley was a smart, spunky 1st grader at Wellford who loved school, and her family. Her smile was just as bright as her mother’s, and her radiant personality will be missed terribly by teachers, classmates, family and friends.”

Megan and Briley Barnett
Megan and Briley Barnett(Spartanburg District Five)

Wellford Academy has additional grief counselors and mental health staff on campus to help students and staff.

“These two precious people were such a huge part of Wellford Academy,” said Principal Angie Showalter. “Their loss leaves a huge hole in all of our hearts.”

Service arrangements for Megan and Briley have not yet been made.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the Barnett family. Cards can also be sent to their family: C/O Michael Joyce, 150 Lemuel Drive, Wellford, SC 29385.

A memorial for a mother and child in Spartanburg County on Hwy. 29.
A memorial for a mother and child in Spartanburg County on Hwy. 29.(Fox Carolina News)

Friends described Megan as “the best friend anyone would want” and a wonderful wife, daughter and mother. Briley was a “spunky, loving and sweet” first grader.

We will update this story as officials release new information.