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A rural community in southern Greenville County mourned today for an 18-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash after leaving her high school prom.
Rikki Paige West of Belton died this morning from injuries suffered in the crash on South Pleasantburg Drive in Greenville, said Barry Wright, a deputy with the Greenville County Coroner’s Office.
She was a Woodmont High School student, a sweet girl with a ready smile, a neighbor said, about to begin her adult life.
West was in a Ford Mustang with three other teens on their way to the AMF Star Lanes bowling alley, deputy coroner Barry Wright said. They were southbound on Pleasantburg and the driver was about to turn left onto Cleveland Street Extension when a back seat passenger said they needed to turn right, he said.
“And he subsequently turned right from the left-hand turn lane, crossing all the lanes of traffic, and the Ford pickup stuck them broadside in the passenger door, Wright said.
West received treatment from an off-duty emergency-room doctor who happened upon the scene shortly before midnight, he said. The doctor continued giving her treatment inside the ambulance that took her to Greenville Memorial Hospital.
She died at 12:31 a.m. of head and chest injuries, Wright said. She was not wearing a seat belt, he said.
The other teens were treated for injuries that are not life-threatening, as was the 21-year-old driver of the other car involved, a Ford pickup, Wright said.
The tragic news spread quickly through the area where West lived, a pastoral region of cornfields and hay bales intersected by narrow, winding country roads where expanses of forest and grassland lie between homesteads.
Overwhelmed with shock and grief, West’s mother was being comforted by family and friends on the front porch of her home this afternoon.
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