Last updated: June 11. 2014 3:32PM - 625 Views
By Karen Kissiah kkissiah@civitasmedia.com

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A 14-year-old Cheraw boy killed when a pickup truck crashed into his four-wheeler last month is one of 285 people who have died on South Carolina’s roads since Jan. 1.

Trace MacPherson Shipley was traveling east on his all-terrain vehicle May 30 when he tried to cross McMillan Road outside Cheraw and entered the path of a pickup truck driven by a 63-year-old man from Rockingham, N.C., according to Lance Cpl. David Joan of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Shipley was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed against the driver.

A memorial service was held June 1 at Long Middle School, where Shipley was an eighth-grade student.

Fifteen fewer people have lost their lives on the state’s roads highways this year to date, according to the Highway Patrol. During the same timeframe in 2013, troopers investigated 300 highway deaths.

Of the 285 motor vehicle occupants who died in 2014, troopers said 99 people were not wearing seat belts. Through midnight June 1, 33 pedestrians, 28 motorcyclists and three bicyclists have died on state roads.

Shipley was a son of Tracie and Scott Douglas and Joe and Anissa Shipley. He is survived by a brother, Bryce Shipley, and a sister, Anaclaire Shipley.

Shipley was an outdoors enthusiast and enjoyed hunting, fishing, four-wheeling and watersports. He played soccer and baseball. His friends described him as having an infectious smile and a warm and loving heart.

Memorials may be sent to GoFundMe.com, a memorial fund that has been set up for Trace Shipley, or to Diabetes Research Institute Foundation, Junior Diabetes, 200 South Park Road, Suite 100, Hollywood, FL 33021.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

Other surviving family members include Shipley’s maternal great-grandmother, Christine McPherson of Cheraw maternal grandparents, Linda M. Quick of Cheraw, and Larry Cassidy of Maggie Valley, N.C., paternal grandmother, Ann Shipley of Cheraw, stepbrothers, Preston Keith of Valdosta, Ga., Noah Keith, Tucker Douglas and a stepsister, Carly Douglas, all of Cheraw.

— Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.

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