McCOLL — A 27-year-old woman was killed in a single-car crash mere hours before celebrations across the nation would ring in Independence Day.
Kylie Elizabeth Emanuel, of Laurel Hill, North Carolina, an employee of Wooly McDuff’s Neighborhood Grille and a cafeteria worker at South Scotland Elementary School near Laurinburg, North Carolina, died in the early morning hours of July 4.
According to the South Carolina State Highway Patrol, her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu ran off a road only identified as secondary 534 near McColl at about 1 a.m., struck a ditch and overturned several times.
Emanuel was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the vehicle, according to a report by Sgt. Bob Beres. The wreck remains under investigation.
Hours after Emanuel’s death, an outpouring of grief flooded her Facebook page, with her many friends and family members also expressing sympathy for her three children, aged 10, 8 and 5. A McColl native, Emanuel graduated from Scotland High School.
A GoFundMe page titled “‘Help Kylie’ Memorial,” to help her family with funeral expenses, had received donations in excess of $2,100 as of Monday evening — raised, according to the website, by 54 people in one day. The goal for the page had been set at $7,500.
According to her obituary, Emanuel enjoyed dancing and camping, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Her funeral is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel in Laurinburg.
Reach Laurinburg Exchange Editor Abbi Overfelt at 910-506-3023.