Teen killed, another hospitalized in Johns Island crash
JOHNS ISLAND, S.C. (WCIV) - One person was killed and another was hospitalized Saturday afternoon in a two-car crash on Johns Island. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office charged 20-year-old James Munn with felony DUI and a minor in possession of beer.According to Charleston County deputies, the crash happened around 12:30 p.m. on River Road near Main Road.Deputies say a Chevy SUV collided with a Jeep SUV, killing the driver of the latter vehicle. The driver of the Chevy SUV was taken to Medical University Hospital for treatment. The coroner's office on Sunday identified the victim as 17-year-old Kylie Gillette, of Johns Island.Deputies said Monday James Bryson Munn was charged with felony DUI and being a minor in possession of beer. Munn is still being treated at Medical University Hospital, deputies said.
A judge set Munn's bond at $100,450 at MUSC, sheriff's officials said.
He drove off the road, then over-corrected, officials said. Officials said then he crossed the yellow line and hit Kylie Gillette's car. Officials said Gillette died at the crash site."[The cars] were smashed beyond identification in the front. It was a very, very serious accident. One of the worst I've seen," a neighbor said.
Kylie's father said she was on her way to the gym when the accident happened four miles from their home. He said his daughter was a top student who planned to attend the College of Charleston next year.
"We're devastated and our lives will forever be changed. We miss her very much," Ron Gillette said.
At James Island Charter High School, the death of the would-be senior affected the first day of school. Administrators held a moment of silence at the beginning of the day.
"There's been three since July in the James Island family. Tristen Allen, then Matthew Gaither, then Kylie. For a lot of people it's been too much to handle. A lot of kids are upset about it. Even if we didn't know them, the people have gone to the memorial services," James Island Charter High School junior Reilly Norton said.