The Laurens County Coroner's Office said a Lander University student has died after crashing into a guardrail and a monument on Thursday night.
Troopers say the collision happened just before 11:30 p.m. near Ware Shoals. The driver of a 1999 Ford Mustang was traveling south on U.S. 25 when they drove off the right side of the road and struck a guardrail and a monument, troopers say.
The victim was identified as 19-year-old James Logan Lusk of Pickens. Lusk was a student at Lander University and he died on the scene.
The coroner said Lusk, who was wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, suffered blunt force head trauma.
Lusk's mother, Angela Lusk, said they were notified of the tragic news around 1 a.m. She said the family is in shock and grief.
According to Angela Lusk, her son was studying at Lander University and wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon.
Lander University issued the following statement on Lusk's passing:It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the loss of one of our students, James Logan Lusk, who died overnight as a result of an automobile accident in Laurens County. Logan was a sophomore chemistry major from Pickens, S.C. During his two years at Lander, he was a resident student, an orientation leader and a student assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management.
Information on funeral arrangements has not yet been released, but those details will be shared with the campus as they become available. Grief counseling and support services will be available to those in need through the university’s Student Wellness Center. To speak with a counselor, please call 864-388-8885.
"We are heartbroken by this tragic loss of a young and promising life," said Lander President Richard Cosentino. "On behalf of Lander University, we offer our deepest sympathies, prayers and comfort to Mr. Lusk's family, friends and loved ones during this incredibly difficult time."Visitation for Lusk will be Monday starting at 6 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens. His funeral will take place on Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Mountain View Funeral Home with burial graveside services to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in the Veterans section in Pickens.
Read his obituary, HERE.
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