19-year-old killed in fiery Longs crash remembered for positive impact on loved ones

Published: Sep. 5, 2022 at 2:11 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 6, 2022 at 10:31 AM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - The South Carolina Highway Patrol provided new information on a crash that took the life of a 19-year-old man.

Horry County Fire Rescue and troopers were called to the wreck around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Highway 905 in the Longs area, near Sarvis Farm Road.

Master Trooper Brian Lee said a 2016 Cadillac SUV was heading north on Highway 905 when the SUV ran off the road to the right, crossed the center line and ran off the road to the left. Lee said the SUV ended up hitting a ditch, then a culvert before it overturned and caught fire.

The driver of the SUV, 19-year-old Jonah Prince of Loris, died.

Loved ones are remembering the positive impact that Prince had on their daily lives.

Prince was enrolled at Horry-Georgetown Technical College’s HVAC program and was also recently hired and trained at Acts Heating and Cooling.

One of the owners of Acts Heating and Cooling, Jacob Lones, said Prince was like a little brother to him and could brighten up anybody’s day no matter what.

”Jonah really helped me a lot ‘cause even days when I had something going on outside of work, I’d come in, wasn’t feeling great, wasn’t in a talkative mood, and just within five minutes we’re laughing and carrying on. That’s the type of impact he had on all of us here,” Lones remembered.

Lones added that even if you had never met him before, he would make you feel like family.

“If you never met him before, if you spent five to 10 minutes with him, I mean he treats you like he’s known you for his whole life. That’s the type of legacy he had was just knowing how to treat people and having a positive impact no matter where we went,” Lones said.

The crash remains under investigation.

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