Mount Pleasant man dies in fiery Highway 41 crash

A 24-year-old Mount Pleasant man died early Sunday morning when the sports car he was driving crashed on S.C. Highway 41 and caught fire, a state trooper said.

Berkeley County Coroner Bill Salisbury identified the victim Sunday evening as Tyler Spears.

The wreck happened about 2:40 a.m. when the northbound 1994 Chevrolet Corvette went off the right side of the road near the Detyens Shipyards location just south of the Wando River bridge. The car hit a culvert and struck several trees, according to Sgt. Bob Beres of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

A passenger was ejected from the car, Beres said, and later taken to Medical University Hospital. His condition was not immediately known, but Salisbury said he was not wearing a seat belt.

He added that he could not determine if Spears was wearing a seat belt, although Beres said he was not. He was not ejected from the Chevrolet, which caught fire after the wreck and became fully engulfed in flames, Beres added.

An online fundraiser for Spears had already raised $865 of a $5,000 goal by 5:30 p.m. Sunday. The fundraiser does not state what the money will be used for, but calls Spears’ death tragic.

“He was the friend that was always there when you needed one,” the description states. “He was taken from us long before his time and he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.”

According to his obituary, Spears was a graduate of Wando High School. He was described as a “lead man” for Eagle Eye Lawn Care in Mount Pleasant.

Melissa Boughton contributed to this report. Reach Andrew Knapp at 937-5414 or twitter.com/offlede.