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Funeral details announced for Clover High School student killed in wreck

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The rock that was painted at the school. The rock that was painted at the school.
Tyler Book, 19. (Photo courtesy of Facebook) Tyler Book, 19. (Photo courtesy of Facebook)
Photo courtesy Clover High School Photo courtesy Clover High School

CLOVER, SC (WBTV) - Funeral arrangements have been released for a Clover High School student who was killed in a two-vehicle wreck Tuesday afternoon.

Tyler Book, 19, was killed at the intersection of Highway 55 and Griggs Road around 3:29 p.m. The accident scene was just a short distance away from the school.

Book was a senior at the school and a member of the River Hills Emergency Squad.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, at Pine Grove Baptist Church, 5415 Hwy. 557, Lake Wylie, SC. Visitation with the family will be held following the funeral.

The family requests in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tyler James Book Memorial Fund, Bank of America, Lake Wylie, SC. Online condolences may be made to

Sources tell WBTV that Book may have been texting or talking on the phone when the wreck occurred.

On Wednesday, friends spray painted a rock and the side walk around it the school in memory of Book. Counselors from across the district came in today to help students cope with the loss.

"Just knowing one of your classmates is gone, and the proximity of the school from the wreck and time of dismissal made it just that much tougher," said Clover Principal Mark Hopkins.

Classmate Anthony Murphy says that's been the talk of the school Wednesday.

"Everybody's thinking about it now about texting and driving and paying attention, said Murphy. "I've had a few people tell me they're scared to drive."

Principal Hopkins talks to the students at the end of every day on the Public Address system.  He hopes this tragic accident can become a learning experience.

"My last words to them are 'Be careful going home, and go blue eagles', might add a little more to that of make sure you make your phone calls and texting before you get behind the wheel," said Hopkins.

The highway patrol said Book was traveling east and he was making a left turn onto Griggs Road.

It appears Book turned in front of a truck that was heading west. The truck had Ray's Septic Tank Services written on its side.

Troopers said the collision pushed the car nearly 50 feet down the road.

The driver of the septic tank truck was not injured in the crash and he remained at the scene to speak with state troopers about the collision.

According to WBTV news partner CN2, an assistant principal was driving behind Book's vehicle and he witnessed the fatal crash.

Tuesday night, friends painted a large rock located on the school's campus in honor of Book. We saw things written on the rock including "RIP Tyler" and "Heart of Gold."

"He did have a heart of gold," said Book's friend and Clover High Senior Whitney Laws. "He cared about everyone over himself. He was the sweetest guy."

"He never had a bad thing to say about anyone," said friend Jamison Gatewood, who graduated from Clover High last year. "I never saw him in a bad mood, ever, in my life."

Amanda Carlson said when she was a freshman at Clover High, Tyler came up to her to try to make sure she didn't feel lonely.

"He would be the kind of person who would come up to you and just talk to you and be your friend, and just act like he had known you almost his whole life," she said.

Friends say Tyler liked to work overnight sometimes with medics on an ambulance, and that he enjoyed web design.

They say his personality and sense of humor are what they will remember most.

"He loved making jokes," Laws said. She says Tyler even made people laugh and that earlier in the day, she saw him joking with someone in class at school.

Everyone we talked to who knew Book said he will be greatly missed.

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