Mayor of Summerton killed in car crash – WIS News 10

SUMMERTON, S.C. (WIS) – Tony Junious, the mayor of Summerton, died in a car crash Saturday morning, according to Clarendon County Coroner Jacqueline Blackwell.
Junious, a Summerton native, was the town’s first Black mayor. He was 48 years old.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) said the crash happened at 10:33 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Governor Richardson Road and Liberty Hill Road in Clarendon County.
A Chevy Impala was traveling west on Governor Richardson Road and collided with a Dodge Charger traveling north on Liberty Hill Road. The Chevy traveled off the right side of the road and struck a ditch, Highway Patrol said.
Officials said the driver of the Chevy was taken to an area hospital and died from his injuries. The driver of the Dodge Charger was also transported to a hospital.
The Town of Summerton officially responded to Junious’s death in a Facebook post.
“The Town of Summerton is shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of our beloved Mayor,” city officials said. “Mayor Tony Junious’s life was dedicated to public service and his love for the Town of Summerton was constantly on display. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Junious family during this difficult time.”
Junious served on several Clarendon County School Boards before being elected mayor in 2022.
In a release, the Clarendon County School District said that Junious championed several initiatives that enhanced the district’s student life and education.
“His legacy will continue to inspire current and future generations within Clarendon County Schools,” the release said. “We hope that all of his hard work in our schools and the city of Summerton will assist in catapulting the ideas of continuous improvement through economic growth projects and educational excellence.”
He also volunteered at school functions, mentored students, provided scholarships and funded dinners for Scott’s Branch High School seniors, according to the Clarendon County School District.
“I am deeply saddened by the loss of Mayor Junious, who was a valued member of our school board and a cherished pillar in our educational community. His dedication to our schools, commitment to educational excellence, and passion for student success were unparalleled. Likewise, the impact on our district and the lives of those he touched will be felt for many years to come,” Dr. Shawn Johnson, Clarendon County School District Superintendent, said in a statement. “We have lost a remarkable individual, but his legacy will continue to inspire us all through the completion of projects he fought for in the Summerton community. Our hearts go out to his family during this difficult time.”
The district said that details of Junious’ service will be shared with the community soon.
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