Fatality on I-385

Motorist stops to help, vehicle is hit trapping him inside
Jacob was known by many as the quiet type but by his closest family and friends he was the goofiest most outgoing, kind-hearted person. The best brother and son any family could've ever asked for. He was always wanting to help other people and God took him doing what Jacob loved to do, helping others. We'll always hold onto the memory of his kind heart. We have a peace knowing that god is looking at Jacob right now and he's saying well-done good and faithful servant." - The victim’s sister, Kaitlyn, in a statement

A Greer man, who was a College of Charleston student on his way home, was struck and killed this morning on I-385 in Laurens County.

Authorities identified the victim as Jacob Robert Oaks, 19, of Greer. He died about 1:08 am after he stopped on the interstate apparently to assist a stranded motorist. The 2007 Toyota Tundra that Oaks was driving was struck by another vehicle. The first vehicle at the scene, a 2006 Ford truck, also was struck but the driver was not injured, a report said. 

Oaks was trapped inside his vehicle.

A third vehicle at the scene was a 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by Gerald McCarson, 54, of Clinton. He was taken to a Greenville hospital.

The wreck happened at mile marker 18 just north of Gray Court about 1 am today, a report said. The SC Highway Patrol’s MAIT team investigated the three-vehicle wreck. 

Jacob Oaks was a graduate and baseball player at Southside Christian School, where his mom works. "It's a rough day at Southside Christian, but we have a great hope in Jesus Christ," said superintendent Dr. Sam Barfell. "Jacob was a young man of faith. He knew Christ as his savior and we have a great hope that he's in the presence of his heavenly father right now." (Source: WYFF TV on-line) College of Charleston Cougars baseball coach Matt Heath said, "Jacob was a good kid. He was very quiet and reserved, but he worked hard and did anything he was asked to do. He comes from a great family that’s very close. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.” (Source: The Post & Courier on-line)

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