17-year-old-boy killed on way home from church; sister, 2 others injured in

17-year-old-boy killed on way home from church; sister, 2 others injured in crash, officials say

Teen’s car rear-ended by stolen vehicle on Wade Hampton Boulevard, police say

A 17-year-old boy was killed on his way home from church Wednesday evening, and three other people were seriously injured when a speeding, stolen car slammed into a stopped vehicle, officials say.

Joshua Daniel Burgess died at the scene on Wade Hampton Boulevard in front of the Target shopping center at about 8:45 pm., Coroner Parks Evans said.

Greer police said the stolen Honda Accord was speeding down Wade Hampton Boulevard and rear-ended Burgess’ Toyota Corolla, which was stopped at a red light in front of the shopping center.

Police said the Honda Accord had been reported stolen from Fire House Subs in Greer about an hour before the crash.

After the Toyota was rear-ended, it was pushed into a pole and flipped on its side, police said.

Burgess’ sister and cousin, who were in the Toyota with him, were seriously injured and were taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital, police said.

Police said the driver of the stolen Honda was also seriously injured and taken to the hospital.

Investigators said the Honda spun out after the crash and grazed another vehicle, but the driver of that car was uninjured.

School officials confirmed Burgess was a senior at Wade Hampton High School, where he was a football player and participated in the school’s Project Lead the Way Engineering program.

Greenville County Schools grief counselors were on campus Thursday at WHHS to assist students and staff, officials said.

A vigil was held at WHHS at 7 p.m. Thursday.

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