NEWBERRY — A group of young people were involved in a Friday wreck that left one dead.
Nicholas Elijah Gallman, 20, of Cheek Drive, Newberry, died around midnight in the wreck on Nance Street.
One of the victims told police that some kind of animal ran into road. Gallman swerved to avoid hitting the animal, over corrected and then the vehicle went off the road.
The vehicle hit a sign as well as a tree and overturned. The car was traveling from Kendall Road towards downtown.
Gallman was partially ejected from the car, according to Newberry Police Chief Jackie Swindler.
Swindler said Gallman was not wearing a seat belt.
“At least two others in the car were wearing seat belts which helped them,” said Swindler.
Gallman was pronounced dead on the scene due to blunt force trauma, according to Newberry County Chief Deputy Coroner Lewis Lee.
The passengers in the car were not seriously injured.
Gallman was a 2010 graduate of Newberry High where he played sports. He was employed at Wal-Mart.
Newberry High has four counselors available to help students cope with the loss as they returned to school on Monday and more on standby if needed.
Gallman was the son of Carolyn Boyd and George Gallman.
Funeral plans have not been announced.