HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A driver died three days after colliding with a tractor then driving into a creek off Highway 9 near the Horry Boat Landing in Horry County on Saturday. About 30 people helped pull the man's vehicle out of the creek, according to one witness at the scene.
Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard identified the driver who was killed as 21-year-old Michael Lewis of Longs.
The crash happened at about 1:30 p.m. on April 22 on Highway 9, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The driver struck a John Deere tractor as they were both traveling south on the highway. The vehicle then went off the roadway and into a pond.
"A man was pulled from the car," said viewer Amanda Sellers, who submitted video of the scene to WMBF News. "About 30 people worked together to pull the car closer to ground and get the man out before EMS arrived."
The driver of the tractor was not injured in the accident.
According to information on a GoFundMe page, Lewis was "excited to start planning his life with his long-time girlfriend."
"Anyone that knew Micheal knew what an amazing guy he was," the GoFundMe page stated. "Funny, smart, and so kind. Someone who would have done anything for anyone."
Lewis was listed as a son, brother, grandson, uncle and a "friend to so many people who are now left heartbroken."
The organizers of the GoFundMe page recognized the bystanders who were able to help rescue Lewis from the car, "which gave us the chance to tell him we love him one more time."
To contribute to the GoFundMe account, click here.