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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Accidental Motorcycle Death

 

Indian Land High grad who died in crash ‘was going places’


Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/08/15/4190487/indian-land-high-grad-who-was.html#storylink=cpy

Thomas Russell Harris, a 2009 Indian Land High School graduate who stood out for his stellar grades, athletic ability and outgoing personality, died Saturday in a motorcycle accident.

Authorities said Harris, 21, was riding a motorcycle on U.S. 521 that evening when he drove off the road and hit a culvert pipe, which carries water from one side of the road to the other.

The S.C. Highway Patrol reported the accident over the weekend, but Harris’ identity wasn’t released until Tuesday.

Harris was taken to a Carolinas Medical Center in Waxhaw, N.C., where he died from injuries related to the accident.

Lancaster County Coroner Mike Morris said he is awaiting specifics from medical officials.

Harris was well known and adored by many on campus, Indian Land High Principal David Shamble said.

“You can throw any good adjective in there you want,” Shamble said. “It’s true. What a great young man. He was going places. The world was his oyster.”

At Indian Land High, Harris was ranked second in his class. He was in ROTC, wrestled and played football. He also was an Eagle Scout with Troop 275 and a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church.

“If you put together all of those traits that a new parent would love for their child to have, he has them,” Shamble said.

In 2009, Harris told the Fort Mill Times that he dreamed of being a United States Marine.

He graduated from Indian Land High that summer with acceptance letters from all three U.S. military academies – the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., the Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Harris received recommendations from former U.S. Rep. John Spratt and U.S. Sens. Jim DeMint and Lindsey Graham.

Harris chose the Naval Academy, where he attended until spring of this year.

“My dad taught me a lot about the Naval Academy, and sometime around the middle of my junior year I decided I really wanted to apply,” Harris said in June 2009. “It felt great to get into all three. I'm pretty excited.”

He was one of 1,200 students accepted to the Naval Academy that year, chosen from more than 15,000 applicants.

“I used to joke with him that we’ve at least had one president come from there,” said Shamble, referring to Andrew Jackson. “I told we were looking forward to having another – one from Indian Land.”


Read more here: http://www.heraldonline.com/2012/08/15/4190487/indian-land-high-grad-who-was.html#storylink=cpy

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