Friends, classmates mourn girl struck, killed in car accident

IRMO, SC (WIS) - Friends, family and classmates are mourning the death of an Irmo High School student who was hit by an SUV while walking along the road near Columbiana Drive.

The coroner said 15-year-old Mary C. Miller died after being struck by a 1998 Toyota SUV around 7:20 p.m. Friday on Archers Lane. Troopers said the SUV was driven by 52-year-old Scott Duton of Columbia.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says the SUV was traveling west, and Miller was walking in the same direction.

According to Lexington County Coroner Harry Harman, Miller died at the scene from injuries she sustained. Duton was not injured.

A man at the scene said Miller was his daughter's ninth grade friend. The man said Miller and his daughter were walking back home from Five Guys Burgers and Fries when the vehicle hit Miller from behind.

Chips of broken glass are all that remains near the scene.

"Why is this all happening?" asked Savannah Edin, Miller's friend.

Now, through a click of a mouse and the typing of messages, Miller's friends are holding it together by connecting through a Facebook group in her memory.

"I made the group because there were many people that were really upset and headed somewhere to go to so that they could grieve and talk to somebody," said Edin.

The group had more than 400 members as of Sunday morning. One person wrote, "Her love for the Lord was truly inspiring." Another wrote, "I can't believe she's gone."

"She was a good person," said Edin. I'm sorry that she's gone. Nobody knows the reason, she just went."

Edin knows walking through the doors of Irmo High will be hard Monday morning.

"Very sad, depressing," she said.

Now one group of teens is learning one of life's lessons early on.

"Life's short and we need to live it to the fullest."

Visitation will be on Monday at 6:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, off Bush River Road.

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