TAYLORS, SC (FOX Carolina) - Funeral details have been announced for the 17-year-old Wade Hampton High School senior who died after his car was struck by a car that police said had been reported stolen.

The crash happened around 8:43 p.m. on December 5 in front of the North Hampton Market shopping plaza.

Lieutenant Patrick Fortenberry with Greer Police said a Toyota Corolla was stopped at a red light when it was rear ended by a speeding 2016 Honda Accord.

The Corolla was knocked onto its side by the impact and the Honda continued to veer toward the median, where it struck a 1998 Honda that was waiting to make a left turn.

Joshua Daniel Burgess, of Elizabeth Drive in Greenville, was driving the Corolla that was struck, the coroner said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Greenville County Schools confirmed Thursday that Burgess was a senior at Wade Hampton High School. Burgess was also a football player and participated in the school’s Project Lead the Way Engineering program. 

Officials said Greenville County Schools grief counselors were on campus Thursday at Wade Hampton High to assist students and staff.

Police said two others from the Corolla were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

Josh's sister, Lily, was among the two hospitalized.

Monday, a family friend said she had finally been released and was back home. 

"She has a long road ahead of her, but the love and support of friends, family and even strangers, is helping," the friend said. 


The driver of the Honda Accord was also hospitalized with serious injuries.

Police said the Honda Accord had been reported stolen earlier Wednesday evening.

"The Greer Police Department’s Traffic Team and the detectives with the Criminal Investigation Division are continuing their investigation into this incident and upon the conclusion of the investigation appropriate charges will be made," Fortenberry said in a news release Thursday.

Monday, Fortenberry said they are continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash. 

"Our agency is committed to completing a full investigation into this tragic incident and levying the appropriate charges when the investigation is completed," Foretnberry said. 

The driver of the stolen vehicle remains in the hospital to be treated for his injuries, Fortenberry says. 


Officials with Greenville County Schools said a student group organized a vigil for Joshua Burgess at on Decmeber 6 in the school parking lot. The Taylors Youth Association's Facebook page says Burgess was a coach for the association, helping the 8U team along with different camps and events for them. 


Additionally, a GoFundMe for the Burgess family has been set up, and as of writing has raised $7,100 of its $10,000 goal within 7 hours. 

The GoFundMe page also confirms that Lily, Joshua's younger sister, was among the injured. The fundraiser aims to assist the Burgess family financially not just for Joshua's funeral, but for Lily's medical needs which now include surgery.


Burgess' mother posted on Facebook that the visitation would be on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Brushy Creek Baptist Church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. A celebration of life service will immediately follow.

The family asked attendees to wear their favorite team jersey, shirt, or colors.

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