SPARTANBURG Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A 10-year-old girl was killed in a crash, and troopers say a driver could face charges in the wreck.
Trooper Joe Hovis with the S.C. Highway Patrol said the driver of a Nissan was turning left and hit an oncoming minivan in the side around 10:25 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 9 near I-85 in Boiling Springs.
Authorities say a child in that minivan died at the scene of the crash. She was wearing a seat belt but was still thrown from the vehicle, according to troopers.
The coroner identified the child as 10-year-old Daniela Gonzalez Alvarado.
Authorities say she died at the scene. Five others were taken to the hospital.
There was a 2-month-old infant in the Nissan. Troopers say the infant was not hurt.
Shoally Creek Elementary in Spartanburg District 2 says she was a rising 5th grader and would have attended Boiling Springs Intermediate School in the coming school year.
The school district released the following statement:
Shoally Creek Elementary School (SCES) teacher Lyndsi Burgess said of Daniela, “She was a beautiful, smart young lady with such a sweet, helpful personality. She was always willing to do whatever was asked of her to the very best of her ability. She was one of those students you could never forget. A sweet spirit like hers is hard to find. She was a treasure to all who knew her.”
Alison Kickler, SCES JAYS after school director, said Daniela “lit up the room when she entered it…with that smile of hers.”
The thoughts and prayers of the entire Spartanburg Two family are with Daniela’s family in this difficult time. Our District Social Worker will be available to provide support for staff and students as needed.