BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCBD) — Just weeks away from graduation, a Berkeley County teenager died last night near Bonneau Beach.
It was certainly a somber day at Timberland High School today for many of the friends of Katelyn Moore. Her boyfriend Michael Galligan became emotional as he talked about the girl he calls the love of his life. “Her personality was amazing.”
Galligan can’t believe his long-time girlfriend and fiancé Katelyn Moore is gone. “It’s so sad to see her go so soon. We’ve been together ever since her birthday in 2012, when I moved down here. She just means the world to everybody.”
On Thursday afternoon at 4:30, Katelyn’s car was hit by another vehicle on Black Oak Road near Bonneau Beach. Initially she was trapped in the car. She later died at the hospital.
“It’s so sad. She was the love of my life, my fiancé. I wish I could have been there with her.”
She was scheduled to graduate Timberland High School May 26th. Today the flags were lowered to half staff, and a note on the sign out front said, “School was not the same today without you.”
Michael said he has been touched by the outpouring of support. “Everything is blowing up. My phone, my Facebook, my Instagram, everything. Everybody is trying to show their condolences, care, their love. I didn’t even know she had this many friends. I was kind of happy to see she had such a big impact on people.”
One more sad note here. Katelyn’s uncle posted online that her brother died 11 years ago, also in a car accident.
Her death has been ruled accidental and was investigated by the Berkeley County Coroner’s Office and the South Carolina Highway Patrol.