The Spartanburg County Coroner's Office said a young child passed away at the hospital after a collision on Sunday.
The coroner and the South Carolina Highway Patrol are involved in a joint investigation into a collision on Asheville Highway near White Avenue around 11:22 a.m. The driver of a 2000 Honda lost control and ran off the right side of the road, striking a curb, a road sign and a power pole.
A passenger in the vehicle died after the crash. The coroner identified the victim as 7-year-old Savario Tyson Gambrell Jr. of Parker Cone Way in Greenville.
Savario's time of death was 5:16 p.m. on Sunday at Greenville Memorial Hospital. The coroner said a complete examination will take place to determine the child's cause of death.
The family said Savario goes by the name TJ for short. In the moments following the crash, the family said while TJ was pulled from the car, they found his arms around his little brother. The family explained TJ was trying to protect him during the crash.
"He always tries to protect him, no matter what, he was a really good kid, I just don't understand. I don't get to wake up for school anymore," his mother, Teyonna said.
"Please keep the family of young Savario in your thoughts and prayers during their time of grief," Coroner Rusty Clevenger said.
Greenville County Schools confirmed Savario was a first grader at Cherrydale Elementary. Additional counselors were available at the school on Monday.
Troopers said 27-year-old Sadario Gambrell was charged with reckless driving in connection with the crash.
Funeral arrangements for Savario are being handled by Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. He will be laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Gardens on Friday after a service at 4:30 p.m.
The crash remains under investigation.
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