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Columbus County teen killed in accident Sunday

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Pastor Brian Beaver with his son Seth. Pastor Brian Beaver with his son Seth.
Seth Beaver with his mother Veronica. Seth Beaver with his mother Veronica.

RIEGELWOOD, NC (WECT) - A 17-year-old boy was killed Sunday in a traffic accident while heading out to watch the Carolina basketball game with a friend.

Seth Hayden Beaver had attended Bethel Baptist Church in Riegelwood earlier in the day, where his father Brian Beaver is the preacher.

"[Seth] was our musician, played acoustic guitar for the church, helped with sound, the prayer warrior," explained his mother, Veronica Beaver.

The accident happened at the intersection of Old 87 and Fertilizer Plant Road, according to the NC Highway Patrol.  They say Beaver was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Taylor Michelle Clark Sunday afternoon. 

Troopers said Clark turned left off Old 87 onto Fertilizer Plant Road in front of a pickup truck and the two hit head on.  Beaver died at the scene.  Clark suffered non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the truck refused treatment. Troopers are still investigating and charges are pending.  They say Seth was not wearing a seatbelt during the accident.

Family members said Beaver had already been a volunteer firefighter, had his first response license and his CPR certificate.

"If there was a word to describe my son it would be servant," said Seth's father, Pastor Brian Beaver.  "It wasn't about him, it was about others."

Veronica recalled the moments before her son left with his friend to watch the Tarheels play.

"Before he left, I'm standing in the kitchen and he's leaving leaned down and said, 'you know you're my number one woman, and you will always be. I love you,'" Veronica remembered.  "And then he walked out."

Family members say his funeral will likely be Wednesday at Riegelwood Baptist Church.

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