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Camden mourns the passing of Drew David

Posted: August 6, 2015 5:21 p.m.
Updated: August 7, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Robert Edmond "Drew" David IV

Family, friends and peers are mourning the passing of 17-year-old Robert Edmond “Drew” David IV from injuries he received in a one-vehicle crash Monday evening. The Kershaw County School District (KCSD) said Drew would have soon been entering his senior year at Camden High School (CHS) and was a popular member of the Bulldog football and baseball teams. 

CHS Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Jimmy Neal said Drew was an ideal student/athlete on and off the field.

“Our hearts go out to the entire David family and the whole community at this loss. We’re all concerned and I appreciate the support this community has given to the David family. You’re never ready for something like this,” Neal said. “The students are too young to have to go to through this. I’m 59 and I’m too young. We appreciate all Drew has meant to our athletic department and to our school.”

KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan issued a statement Thursday through his blog on the district’s website.

“Our district today mourns the loss of rising Camden High School senior Drew David. Drew was a wonderful student, teammate and friend. The fact that he had chosen to be an organ donor speaks in a very significant way about his character and his compassion for others,” Morgan wrote. “Our prayers and thoughts go out to Drew’s family, friends and teammates at this very difficult time.”

According to Camden Police Department Capt. Mike Stone, Drew was a passenger in a 1997 Jeep driven by a 15-year-old on Sunny Hill Drive at 9:22 p.m. Monday. The driver reported swerving to avoid hitting a deer, driving off the road and striking a concrete culvert. Stone said Drew was not wearing a seatbelt.

Drew, who was taken to a Columbia hospital, died at 1:05 a.m. Thursday from massive head trauma, according to Kershaw County Coroner David West.

Stone said the investigation into the accident is ongoing.

“The accident is still under investigation and any further reports or findings are pending,” he said.

 

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