12-year-old dies after ATV crash that injured 3 other Anderson Co. students

Published: Oct. 10, 2022 at 1:49 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 12, 2022 at 3:33 PM EDT
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IVA, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - The Anderson County Coroner’s Office said a coroner has been requested to respond to the hospital after an ATV crash injuring four middle school students over the weekend.

South Carolina troopers said the crash happened at the intersection of Cemetery Road and Lowndesville Highway around 4:53 p.m. on Sunday The ATV was reportedly traveling along Old Lowndesville Highway when it drove through the intersection and hit a pickup truck.

According to troopers, four people on the ATV were taken to the hospital with injuries.

Anderson School District 3 confirmed that all four are students at Starr-Iva Middle School. According to district officials on Monday, two of the students were still hospitalized.

On Wednesday afternoon, a coroner identified one of the students as 12-year-old Hagen Phillips.

The district released this statement regarding the death of their student:

“We are saddened by the tragic loss of one of our students, Hagen Phillips, a 6th Grader at Starr-Iva Middle School, who succumbed to injuries sustained in an ATV accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the students, faculty, and staff of Starr-Iva Middle School. The district crisis team will continue to be on-site to provide counseling, assistance, and support as needed.”