Upstate family mourns teen killed in Anderson Co. crash, vigil planned for Friday

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.

Calvin Chester 2“Malik was just a good kid – and when you get a call like that.. It just.. It just breaks your heart,” said Aunt, Nicole Pam.

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.

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