GREENVILLE COUNTY, SC (FOX Carolina) The Greenville County Coroner confirmed a teen has died after a a two-car accident on US-25 near Portsmouth Drive around 6:25 p.m. on Monday. 

The coroner said Abby Belle Allen, 18, died at the scene.

“She was the best daughter sister and aunt that anyone could have asked for," said Katy Allen, Abby's sister, on Tuesday. "She was the funniest most amazing person you would have ever met.”

The vehicle Allen was was riding in lost control, hit a utility pole, a tree, and a sign, according to troopers.

Two other people were in the vehicle and were transported to the Greenville Memorial Hospital with multiple injuries, officials say. 

Troopers are now charging the driver of the vehicle, Tyler Wellwood, with reckless homicide. He went through bond court on Saturday, June 15. 

Wellwood was granted a $100,000 bond. 

Abby's family members spoke at the bond court, but Wellwood refused to comment. 

The judge reminded Tyler Wellwood that he had the right to remain silent, but gave him a chance to speak. He said "no comment" choosing to remain silent Saturday at his bond hearin.

This was first step in the case involving the fatal crash.

A Corporal with the Highway Patrol was present and told the judge, "statements from witnesses, statements from the defend it himself, the physical evidence at the scene… His driving was a willful disregard for the safety of his passengers, himself and the motoring public." 

The Troopers represented the state and say that they have the evidence to prove that Wellwood was indeed speeding and weaving in and out of traffic before losing control and running off the road.

Wellwood's family told us off camera... that there is more to his story... but they wouldn't share more insight and declined to make an official comment...

Though Abby's family was very vocal during the hearing.

Katy Allen, Abby's sister tearfully told the judge, "we were best friends and I lost my only sister because of what he did and I don’t want him to get out. I can’t. I’ll never get to be able to see Abby again and I’m so heartbroken." 

Kay Allen, Abby's mother, spoke tearfully "I believe in God and I know one day that we will get to see Abby again, but we will never get to see Abby walk through our back door and say mom, dad we’re home. I’ll never get to see that again.  I’ll never get to sit down and eat dinner with my child again. Our house is empty my heart is empty and our family is heartbroken."

With a broken heart, her father made a passionate plea about what he says Tyler Wellwood took from his family.

Curt Allen passionately stated to the judge that "I don’t want to see the man’s face… I don’t even care what he looks like because my daughter is gone." 

The family says they are pushing forward, they best they know how, which is together.

Roughly a dozen people present today supporting each other.

"I’m just trying to get through this… Trying to get through this," says Curt, "I’m sitting here going how could you do this… How… You know?" 


A vigil was held for Abby on June 14. Loved ones wrote messages on balloons and released them into the sky. Those who attended say they want to speak up more about the collision and want to make sure nobody has to face this again.

A GoFundMe for Abby has since been set up.


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