HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A 16-year-old girl died from injuries sustained in a traffic accident on Highway 31 near SC-22 Thursday morning, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.
Malia Heiman, from Loris, was taken to a nearby hospital after the collision, where she died of multiple trauma at 8:53 a.m., Willard stated.
The accident occurred at about 7:50 a.m. Thursday, Willard said, on Highway 31 near mile marker 6.
All northbound lanes of SC-31 and one southbound lane were blocked for several hours Thursday morning as officials from the South Carolina Highway Patrol, SC Department of Transportation, and North Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue responded to the scene.
The principal at the Academy for Technology and Academics says Heiman was a student there, and it was a very emotional day for both students and staff.
Everyone learned of the news during the school day.
The school brought in five counselors. They'll be back Friday for any student who may want to talk about their loss.
"Through these next few days, which will be the most difficult times, we try to begin to help them be as normal as possible in a very bad situation, so we'll be working with them throughout this whole process, however long it takes," explained David Stoudenmire, principal of the school.
We also learned that North Myrtle Beach High school is preparing to provide grief counselors Friday as well.
That's because students here at the academy work through a base school. Malia's was North Myrtle Beach High.