South Carolina Highway Patrol
Tyler Ferguson killed by his pal in DUI crash into tree; 16-year-old now charged with felony DUI
ABBEVILLE COUNTY, S.C. — An Upstate teenager faces charges after an early morning accident that killed the passenger in the pickup he was driving, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
Abbeville County Coroner Ronnie Ashley said Tyler Ferguson, of Belton, was trapped in the wreckage and died at the scene.
Troopers said the wreck was reported about 12:30 a.m. on John Gray Road near Keowee Road, which is about six miles west of the town of Due West.
A 16-year-old boy from Belton was headed east on John Gray Road in a 1987 Mazda pickup when he ran off the left side of the road, hit an embankment and overturned, troopers said.
The teen driving was not hurt, but Ferguson was ejected and died at the scene, according to troopers.
Ferguson was a rising senior at Belton-Honea Path High School, according to a classmate who spoke to WYFF News 4 accompanied by his parents. He described Ferguson as friendly, talkative and “someone who would do anything for you.” MORE
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According to the GreenvilleOnline, the 16-year-old driver was also charged with operating an uninsured vehicle and minor in possession, said Cpl. Bill Rhyne of the Highway Patrol.
Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash, Rhyne said. MORE
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Tyler Duane Ferguson, 17, died on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Cox Funeral Home will be announcing the arrangements.