MCCOLL, S.C. — A 27-year-old Laurel Hill woman was killed in a single-car accident mere hours before celebrations across the nation would ring in Independence Day.
Kylie Elizabeth Emanuel, an employee of Wooly McDuff’s Neighborhood Grille and a cafeteria worker at South Scotland Elementary School, died in the early morning hours of July 4. According to the South Carolina State Highway Patrol, her 2005 Chevrolet Malibu ran off a road only identified as secondary 534 at about 1 a.m. near McColl, South Carolina, struck a ditch and overturned several times.
Emanuel was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the vehicle, according to a report by Sgt. Bob Beres. The wreck remains under investigation.
Hours after Emanuel’s death, an outpouring of grief flooded her Facebook page, with her many friends and family members also expressing sympathy for her three children, aged 10, 8 and 5. A McColl native, Emanuel graduated from Scotland High School.
A Go Fund Me page titled “‘Help Kylie’ Memorial,” to help her family with funeral expenses, had received donations in excess of $2,100 at presstime on Monday — raised, according to the website, by 54 people in one day. The goal for the page had been set at $7,500.
“Of all the amazing words I’ve heard and read today she’ll definitely be remembered for the beautiful person she was inside and out,” read one Facebook post. “Her love for laughter and life …. most of all the love for her children!”
“You touched alot of hearts and made so many smiles and felt the world with laughter and love,” read another.
According to her obituary, Emanuel enjoyed dancing and camping, as well as spending time with her family and friends.
Her funeral is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday at Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel.
Abbi Overfelt can be reached at 910-506-3023.