Family, friends honor teenager killed in crash

VIDEO: Family, friends mourn teen killed in Bonneau crash
Published: May. 6, 2016 at 10:08 PM EDT|Updated: May. 6, 2016 at 10:41 PM EDT
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A cross has been placed at the site of the accident in Bonneau. (Source: Live 5)
A cross has been placed at the site of the accident in Bonneau. (Source: Live 5)
Timberland High School payed tribute to Moore Friday. (Source: Live 5)
Timberland High School payed tribute to Moore Friday. (Source: Live 5)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A cross has been placed at the site of the deadly accident in Bonneau that took the life of a Timberland High School Senior.

Katelyn Moore, 18, of Bonneau, died Thursday afternoon when her car collided head on with another car on Black Oak Road.

The Berkeley County Coroner says Moore was extricated from the car, and taken to a local emergency room where she was later pronounced dead.

Friday family and friends shared their memories of Moore.

"She was the love of my life, my fiancé," said Michael Galligan, Moore's longtime boyfriend. "I wish I could have been there wish her."

Galligan choked back tears as he talked about his girlfriend of four years. He said she was taken too soon.

Aimee Murray, a spokeswoman for the Berkeley County School District, said Moore was expected to graduate from Timberland High School on May 26.

"She wanted to become a neonatal nurse," Galligan said. "She wanted to help children. She loved children."

"Last thing I asked her was if she could be the god mother of my child," said Brittany Watts, a friend. "She said yeah. I'm going to really miss her."

Friday Timberland High School honored Moore's memory. The sign in front of the school read, "School was not the same today without you."

"It was good to see Berkeley County School District actually helping with the coping process," Galligan said.

The flag was also lowered to half-staff. Murray said a memory box has been created so students can write about their memories of Moore. The box will be given to the family sometime in the future.

"She was my ride or die," said Ramsey-Ann Sanchez, another friend. "She did anything she could for me. Anything at all. It didn't matter what it cost, she just wanted me to be happy, and I'm glad she went knowing I was finally happy."

Timberland's principal Kerry Daughtery issued this statement on behalf of Moore's passing:

"At Timberland we aspire to treat students as if they are our own children. Obviously, we have lost a valuable member of our family. Katelyn was a senior and on track to graduate on May 26th. There is never a good time to lose a student, but three days before Mother's Day and 21 days before graduation is especially challenging. We have provided grief counselors for our students, faculty, and staff and extend our heartfelt condolences to her family. She will be missed at Timberland High School."

Jeanette Cook, a manager at Little Caesars Pizza in Moncks Corner, and also Moore's cousin said she worked in the shop.

"We had customers ask to have her make the pizzas because she made them the way they liked them," Cook said. "She was amazing."

Remnants from Thursday's accident can still be scene along the roadway. A cross and flowers were placed by family friends at the spot where Moore died. Friends say they want to keep her memory living on.

"She was the most beautiful, talented young lady," Galligan said. "She was the most respectful lady, she never sugar coated anything, she was the brightest person and would never lie."

This is the 15th traffic fatality in Berkeley County this year. Data from South Carolina Highway Patrol says there have been 27 accidents on Black Oak Road since 2010, but only one other fatal accident there, which was in 2012.

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