TC Roberson graduate dead after becoming pinned between truck, trailer
A former T.C. Roberson High School student and current Furman University student has died in an incident involving a truck and trailer.
Furman University identified her as Reilly Shea Simmons.
“The university extends its heartfelt condolences to Reilly’s family and friends in this time of profound loss,” Furman President Elizabeth Davis said in a release. “The entire Furman community is deeply affected at times like this, and we will always remember Reilly and all she brought to our community. May all who knew her find peace and comfort during this difficult time.”
Troopers say that around 8:30 p.m. Thursday night they answered a call to a collision at 18 Twin Hills Drive in the Reems Creek area.
They said that while trying to unhitch a trailer from a truck, Reilly became pinned between them.
She was airlifted to Mission Hospital where she later died.
A Buncombe County School's spokeswoman said a crisis team was put in place at T.C. Roberson High School. She said final exams on Friday were postponed unti Monday and Tuesday.
The case is under investigation.
On Friday, News 13 spoke to Reilly's friends and teammates.
"The first hour that I knew, I went into complete shock and kind of just sat on my bed and didn't really process it. After came tears and just processing of what actually had happened and how pure of a soul that we lost," said Mollie Brewster, Reilly's former teammate. "It really hits home."
They all say Reilly was a selfless person who always put others first.
"Both on and off the field, she was just so much fun and always had a smile on her face. (She) always would brighten our day if we were down," said Mazie Hughes, another former teammate.
Funeral arrangements for Reilly are still pending.