An Aynor teen who died Tuesday night in a vehicle crash was an avid racer at a local speedway and was studying automotive technology in high school, according to those who knew him.
Joey Causey II, 16, of Aynor, died from multiple traumas in the crash that happened about 9 p.m. Tuesday, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.
Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol were called to Party Pines Road for the crash, which is located off Enoch Road near U.S. 501 outside of Conway.
Sgt. Bob Beres with the highway patrol said troopers learned a 2001 Ford F-150 pickup truck was going west on Party Pines Road when it ran off the right side of the road.
The truck hit two trees, overturned and ejected the driver, who was killed, Beres said. A passenger was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center for treatment, but the extent of his injuries was not immediately available.
Causey and the passenger were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, Beres said. Troopers continue to investigate.
Causey was a junior at the Academy for Technology and Academics near Conway, said David Stoudenmire, principal at the school. Causey’s classmates were out of the school Wednesday shadowing professionals in the industry.
But counselors were at the school helping the seniors deal with the loss, Stoudenmire said. The counselors will return on Thursday to speak to Causey’s classmates, which comprise the school’s largest junior class.
“It’s been a real shock. He was well-respected and liked, especially with our automotive students,” Stoudenmire said. “It’s a big loss. We’re like a big family out here.”
Debra Todd-Jordan with Carolina Speedway in Lake View said they are morning the loss of the teen, who was one of their youngest drivers.
On Wednesday, Todd-Jordan said Causey had built his own race car and had early this year won his first race on May 17 at the speedway. Two other wins in August followed and he had several second- and third-place finishes, she said.
“Joey was a very nice and well-mannered young driver,” Todd-Jordan said. “We were all so proud of Joey as his skills improved every week. He had the makings of a fine race car driver.”
Causey also was a fan favorite racing in the Bomber division with the nickname “BumbleBee,” she said. Many of those fans would wear shirts to support him during the Saturday night races.
“He will truly be missed in our racing community,” Todd-Jordan said.
A memorial page on Facebook had been created by Wednesday morning for the teen and several people posted online their respect and well wishes for Causey and his family.
Those posting on Facebook also included that Causey’s best friend was with him when the crash occurred and they also asked for prayers for him as he recuperates in the hospital.