By: Austin Chick and Cseh Cranford For The Observer
October 2, 2013
WHITMIRE — On Monday evening, Sept. 23, tragedy struck the small town of Whitmire.
Nine-year-old Benett Dalton died from an accident involving a semi-truck. A little more that a week after Benett’s ninth birthday, the third-grader was riding his new bike on North Church Street when he was struck by a passing semi truck, which was unable to stop in time.
Dalton was taken to a nearby hospital but passed away the same afternoon. In the days following such a tragedy, a time of mourning and sorrow continued throughout the Whitmire community. Middle and high-school students, including many members of the community gathered at the flag pole at Whitmire Community School on Sept. 25 to pray. This event was even more shocking considering the fact that the town and school were already recovering from the tragic death of a member of the Class of 2013, Allyson Greenway, who was killed last April.
The Whitmire Community chapter of Fellowship of Christian Athletes held their meeting on Sept. 27 at the front flag pole to honor and support the family of Benett Dalton.
Business owner and town councilman, Michael Thomas, opened a fund for Benett Dalton through the Whitmire branch of First Citizen’s Bank.
If anyone would like to make a donation, he or she can either stop by the bank, which is located on Main Street in Whitmire, and ask to donate to the Michael Thomas for the Bennett Dalton Fund or donate by mail.
The First Citizen’s Bank’s address is PO Box 337, Whitmire, SC, 29178. All donations will be very much appreciated.