Sister remembers Wade Hampton HS grad killed in Taylors wreck

“We know she's in heaven and we gained two angels that night."

TAYLORS, S.C. (WSPA) –  “I was like okay, I’ll see you. I said okay. That was our last text.”

Those were the last words between Tatiana Rojas and her 17-year-old sister Valentina.

“So much attitude… little big sister.”

Rojas was one of three people involved in a car accident in Taylors around 10:15 p.m. last Friday.

The Greenville County coroner says that 18-year-old William ‘Alex’ Barksdale was traveling south on Tanner Road when he went off the right shoulder, over-corrected, then went off the left shoulder and struck a tree. All three people were taken to the hospital.

“I was like maybe she got some scratches or at worst she got a broken leg or a broken arm or some bruises,” she said. “When I got there [hospital], I saw my Mom and my Dad crying and the doctor came in and explained everything. I still can’t believe it.”

Rojas and Barksdale both succumbed to their injuries at the hospital. The scene of the accident is now adorned with flowers, candles, and other items like a batman action figure.

“She loves Batman. She loves it. I was going to go with her to see Batman vs. Superman. We didn’t get a chance to.”

Friend Zoe Bowers met Barksdale in elementary school visited the memorial to pay respects.

“He was just such a sweet kid. And always really funny and did his best to make everyone happy,” she said. “A few years ago me, my friend Sarah – which was his girlfriend and our friend David, we spent probably the whole summer together and that’s probably one of the best summers.”

Rojas graduated from Wade Hampton High School on June 1, 2016.
Rojas graduated from Wade Hampton High School on June 1, 2016.

Rojas was heading off to her own summer of dreams pursuing painting– having graduated from Wade Hampton High School two days before the accident.

“She used to paint. Her room looks a mess – paint all over the walls,” said Rojas.  “She was going to go into the Airforce and then go to school and pursue what she loved.”

As the memories keep flowing back — Tatiana says their family is at peace.

“We know she’s happy and in a better place right now,” she said. “We know she’s in heaven and we gained two angels that night. I know they’re going to be here with us whenever we need them so we’re okay. I want to text her sometimes and say hey I haven’t seen you all weekend where are you. But I know wherever I am, she’s there.”

The third person who was also in the car was taken to the hospital, and is expected to be okay.

There will be a car wash to raise money for both victims’ families. It’ll be Saturday around 1:00 p.m. at the Zaxby’s on Wade Hampton Blvd.

There is also a gofundme account for Valentina and Alex. You can click here to donate.

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