Car crash kills Aiken teen on the way to work-study – WRDW

AIKEN, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – The Aiken County Coroner’s Office is investigating a single-vehicle accident that claimed the life of an Aiken teenager.
The accident happened Wednesday at 9:50 a.m. on Green Pond Road at Modoc Lane.
Authorities say the driver of a 2007 Mercury SUV was traveling north on Green Pond Road when the vehicle crossed the center line, overcorrected, traveled off the right side of the road and hit a tree.
The driver was the sole occupant of the sport utility vehicle.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as 18-year-old Emily Heath, was pronounced dead on the scene, according to Coroner Darryl Ables.
The coroner’s office says a toxicology analysis is pending.
The Aiken County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are investigating.
A friend of the Heath family stated she was on her way to work at Aloha Aesthetics as part of a work-study program for phlebotomy when the accident occurred.
The friend also told us Heath had already completed her lab tech certification and was planning to attend college for a degree in nursing.
Heath was a senior at Silver Bluff High School, her principal released this statement Thursday morning.
““Emily Heath, a deeply loved Silver Bluff High School student was involved in a tragic car accident on Green Pond Road near our campus. It is with tremendous sadness we share that she did not survive. Emily was a senior at our school and was actively engaged throughout her years at Silver Bluff. She was well-known and a friend to all who knew her through her classes, participation in clubs and student organizations, and many years of cheering her older brother on from the sidelines of our football field. Her energy and enthusiasm were contagious. In addition to her involvement at Silver Bluff, Emily was studying Health Science at the Aiken County Career and Technology Center and was looking forward to pursuing nursing through Aiken Technical College following graduation. She was an engaging leader in her HOSA – Future Health Professionals Student organization. Emily was known for always encouraging and supporting her classmates.
We know this loss is very difficult for our students, especially those closest to Emily, as well as her teachers and other staff. Our Silver Bluff family will not be alone in coping with this tragedy. Please be assured that additional counselors were on our campus shortly after the accident and will remain with us to support students, teachers and staff. Resources that may be helpful have been placed on our website under Parents. Please look for the section titled “Grief Support.”
I hope that you’ll join me in prayer for Emily’s parents, her brother, their extended family and her closest friends and keep them and all who will be impacted by this tragedy in your thoughts and continued prayers as they grieve and face the difficult days ahead.”
The Biomedical Service Program at Aiken County’s Career and Technology Center also released a statement Thursday.
Today we remember our beloved student, friend, and teammate Emily Heath. Emily was a cornerstone of our Biomedical Science family. She was beautiful, sassy, smart, and headstrong – a key piece of our puzzle. We will forever miss her and hold on tight to the memories that we shared with her. Emily was in the first ever cohort of the Biomedical Science program at the Aiken County Career and Technology Center. She was a founding member of the Biomedical Science Outreach Team and Student of the Quarter numerous times. Emily was Co-Student of the Year for the Biomedical Science Program for the 2022-2023 school year. She competed at the SC HOSA Spring Leadership Conference and served as the ACCTC HOSA Vice-President for the fall of 2023. Emily earned industry certifications in OSHA-10, CPR and AED, YouScience Biotechnology, and the Biotechnician Assistant Certification Exam (BACE), a college level biotechnology assessment. Emily participated in the Miss CATE pageant twice, winning the Casual Wear award in 2022. Emily was primary author on a peer-reviewed poster presentation at the National Science Teachers Association Conference in 2023 and co-author of a second.
Please hold Emily’s family and friends, the Silver Bluff High School family, and our ACCTC family in your hearts as we grieve. To celebrate what Emily meant to us, please enjoy a few of many favorite memories.
Emily’s peers shared the following thoughts about her:
“She was one of the rocks of our class. She helped me get through exams and inspired me to keep working in outreach. She always had a smile and something to say.”
“Emily was the sweetest person. She would always give my friends and I pep talks for the phlebotomy program. She was there we needed help with labs.”
“To know Emily was to love Emily. Her bright smile could light up any room she walked in. I’m honored to say I had the opportunity to work alongside her.”
“Emily was a very bright person and she would always bring good energy. She was very helpful and always giving and loving. She is in a better place resting but she is missed a lot and loved forever.”
“Emily lit up the room every chance she got. She was a big help on my second year in the bio class. I’m going to miss her coming to class with McDonald’s.”
“Emily was so inspirational. She was her own boss. She was silly, loving, and full of sass!! She will forever be loved and missed by her biomedical family.”
“Emily was the best person I have ever known. Dr. P putting me in a group with her was the best decision she made. Emily always had to force me to talk, because I was the quietest person ever. She has had a tremendous impact not only on me but everyone around her. Although we didn’t talk much outside of school, our time in class is what kept me motivated throughout the day. I’ve always thought of Emily as a sister because we both mocked each other (it was mostly me doing the mocking). I was supposed to write this on a sticky note but all of my thoughts would not have fit on that. Emily was truly loved by everyone and she will be missed.”
Rest in peace, Emily. We miss you.
Heath’s family will greet friends on Sunday, Jan. 28, at Talatha Baptist Church in Aiken starting at 1 p.m., Hatcher Funeral Home stated on Facebook.
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