A 17-year-old Greenwood teenager who had been injured in a single-car wreck earlier this month died Tuesday, and her death is being ruled as a natural death.
Summer N. Gorman, of 240 Galilee Road, was injured in the single-car wreck at 7:55 p.m. Jan. 14 along U.S. Route 221, about two miles south of Greenwood, the state Highway Patrol reported. The wreck involved a 1996 Nissan that was traveling north on the highway when the driver lost control, veered off the side of the road, struck a large bush and the vehicle flipped over. The victim was taken to Self Regional Medical Center for treatment.
The Highway Patrol is ruling the fatality a natural death. Greenwood County Coroner Sonny Cox said Wednesday he is also ruling the death as natural. Autopsy reports indicated Gorman died of internal injuries. Cox said he was awaiting results from a pathology test to determine the exact cause of death.
Greenwood County School District 50 officials said the schools would be offering counseling for students grieving the passing of Gorman, who was a senior at Emerald High School.
"When something like this happens, it kind of affects the entire D50 family," district spokesman Johnathan Graves said. "It's not just one school that feels it, it's the whole district. So our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends who may be grieving at this time."
A toxicology test is expected to be sent to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, Cox said.