GALIVANTS FERRY, SC (WMBF) - Derrick James Sr. and Patrick Dennis Lefebvre, 20, both of Galivants Ferry, died as the result of a vehicle crash on Friday night after the car failed to stop at a stop sign.
Lefebvre died on Monday morning at Grand Strand Medical Center from head injuries he sustained the crash, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.
Following the crash, members of the community have reached out to us to spread the word about James Sr., the man they called "Button."
Carolee Mason says she immediately contacted authorities when she saw the wreck, but there was nothing South Carolina Highway Patrol could do to save 64-year-old James Sr.
"And it makes it even harder when you couldn't even go near the car...there was just no way, you just felt useless," said Mason.
James, who went by the nickname "Button," was well known in Galivants Ferry, according to the several people who came by the crash site to pay their respects. One man spoke fondly of him through tears about how much James loved to fish and hunt. Mason says he was known for his stories and his generosity, and always did what he could to help his community.
"Anywhere from taking people out of ditches on the side of the road that might have run off the road to helping on their land. He would put teenagers to work in our community," said Mason.
Mason said her thoughts are with all families affected.
"This was a hard lick to our community. You know two teenagers from Aynor, a gentleman that everybody knew here. I just want their family to know that they're in our prayers." said Mason.