ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. – An upstate family is heartbroken, after a teenager died in a wreck in Anderson County Wednesday night.
“That was my favorite grandchild — always was,” said Grandmother Margaret Gantt, as she broke down. “That was my favorite, that’s my baby I loved him.”
The Anderson County coroner says the driver – who also died – had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system.
Troopers say Lenard Tanner, 18, ran a stop sign and hit several trees on the corner of True Temper and Airline Roads. Calvin Chester – who his family calls “Malik” – died at the scene. Chester’s family says the 18-year-old graduated from Crescent High School and had just started attending a technical college.
They say they hope this is a lesson in how drinking and driving can devastate families.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to help with funeral expenses.
The family says they’ll be hosting a vigil in Chester’s honor Friday. It’ll be at the Anderson County Civic center starting at 7:30 p.m.