A senior at West Oak High School was driving their 1995 Plymouth Neon early in the morning on Critter Road in South Carolina (SC).They tried to make a left turn on US Highway 11 when their life tragically ended. A 2004 Dodge Dakota pickup truck was traveling northbound and slammed into the Neon. The student died after being transported to the Oconee County Medical Center, according to upstatetoday.com.

Clearly, this is a terrible loss. My heart goes out to the student’s friends and family. As a father, I couldn’t imagine losing my child in such a tragic manner.

This isn’t the first time West Oak High has struggled with the loss of a student. A couple years ago, three West Oak High School students were killed after their car crashed into a truck and then a restaurant, according to WYFF4.com.

Accidents involving a car and a truck are never good. The difference in sheer size and weight usually means major damage for the driver and passengers in the car. Sadly, traffic accidents are a leading cause of death for young adults, a real epidemic.

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