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Two people killed in the Hilton Head Island bridge crash on Saturday were SC students, one student and employee at the University of South Carolina at Beaufort and the other who studied at Converse College in Spartanburg.
A pickup truck crashed head-on with a sedan around 2 a.m. on Saturday, killing three and injuring two.
Tyler Carroll, 23, of Ridgeland, whose Facebook page says he worked at Cleland Site Prep, drove the van and was killed.
Jonathan Green, 27, of Hardeeville, an information science and technology specialist at USCB, drove the sedan and is also deceased, according to Beaufort County Coroner David Ott.
In the back seat of the sedan was Jordan Johnson, 21, of Beaufort County, a student at Converse College in Spartanburg. Johnson was the third person killed.
Green had worked in IT since 2019 at the USCB campus in Bluffton, university spokeswoman Carol Weir said.
Green’s sister Lucian Reynolds, who has serious injuries and is at Memorial Health Medical Center in Savannah, was also in the sedan, Weir said. Reynolds works as a receptionist at the university.
Weir said the tragedy hits home particularly because their mother, Twyla Reynolds, is the USCB Marshal’s executive assistant.
“We are heartbroken,” USCB chancellor Dr Al M. Panu said in an email.
Johnson began studying at Converse College in 2017 and was due to earn a degree in art therapy this month, according to college spokesperson Holly Duncan.
Krista Newkirk, president of Converse College, said Johnson’s death was “devastating news” in a memorial Facebook post on the school’s official page.
“On behalf of Converse, I express our deep sympathy to his family, friends and classmates during this very difficult time,” Newkirk said in the post.
Xavier Pierce, who studies communications at the University of South Carolina Aiken, knew Johnson in high school. He said she was a senior at Whale Branch Early College High School when he was a freshman.
He described her as “a very kind person, very welcoming and accepting a lot of people,” he said.
Carroll, the driver of the van, “was loved by so many people,” according to a GoFundMe account created for his funeral expenses. “We all mourn such a substantial loss in our lives. The unthinkable has happened and his family and friends are left with so much pain and suffering. . . . His family would love to have a visit and a memorial where we can all come together to share stories, hug each other, cry and hopefully share a few laughs because Tyler was quite the comedian.
The crash sent the truck off the bridge and into Mackay Creek, according to SC Highway Patrol Trooper Brian Lee.