A Thomson High School student lost his life in a Saturday morning accident in Thomson.
Amarione A.J. Thampson, 16, a junior at THS, died from injuries received in the 10:45 a.m. accident at the corner of White Oak Road and Lincoln Drive, said the McDuffie County Coroner’s Office.
GSP Sgt. Matthew Baxley said Thampson was driving a Toyota Camry Solara north on White Oak Road when, for unknown reasons, the vehicle went off the roadway.
Thampson overcorrected the vehicle and it went into the southbound lane striking a Dodge Journey driven by James Bodine, 77, from Thomson.
Thampson was taken to University Hospital-McDuffie where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:25 a.m., said the coroner’s office.
Bodine was taken to Doctor’s Hospital in Augusta with injuries that were non-life-threatening, said Baxley.
White Oak Road was closed while authorities investigated the accident.
A statement from McDuffie County School Superintendent Mychele Rhodes said steps had been taken in light of the student’s passing.
“Our hearts are heavy with the loss of Thomson High School junior Amarione Thampson. Upon learning of this tragedy, the district activated its crisis management plan of providing counseling assistance to our students, faculty, and staff. Counselors, social workers, and school psychologists have been made available throughout the day. Please keep Amarione’s family and our schools in your thoughts and prayers as we go through this most difficult and trying time,” said the statement.
Thampson is the third student from Thomson High School that has lost their life in vehicle accidents in the last several months. Thomson-McDuffie Middle School has recently lost two students in crashes as well.
Many took to social media to speak of the loss of Thampson and other students whose lives were cut short.
“So I couldn't get this off my mind,” said Amanda Wilson. “I'm not sure why God has chosen to call so many in our little hometown. But, I know these families need prayer along with our school's staff, our students and our community. So, let's continue to join our hands and/hearts and pray together for these families.”