FLORENCE COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A Lake City High School student has died after being hit early Wednesday morning on Highway 378 in Florence County, according to Coroner Keith von Lutcken and school district officials.

A 2006 Chevrolet truck was traveling east on Highway 378 near Matthews Road and hit the student walking in the same direction, according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at about 6 a.m., according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The person killed was identified as 15-year-old Ja’Quan Rico Cortez, according to von Lutcken. Florence School District 3 confirmed Cortez was a student.

“He was a nice and well-mannered young man who excelled in art,” Lake City High School Principal Terrell Fleming said in a statement. “Although he was quiet, his artwork spoke volumes. His friends remember him as kind and always willing to share a smile or listen when they needed to talk.”

The district said counselors will be available for any student or staff member who needs support.

The district said it would plan a way to remember and memorialize Cortez in the near future.

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