Graveside service for teen killed in wreck

Aug. 13, 2014 @ 08:21 AM

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday for Brehannah Swink, 15, who died as the result of a single vehicle accident on Saturday.

The service will be held at Eternal Memorial Park off Oakland Road in Spindale with Rev. Robert Carnell and Rev. Jerry Ruppe officiating.

Brehannah was a rising sophomore at R-S Central High School. She was a member of the Hilltoppers Step-Up Club and attended Floyd's Creek Baptist Church. Her parents were Chad and Brianne Swink. She also has two brothers, Hunter Swink and wife, Susie and Gage Conner and two sisters, Kayleigh Conner and Katie Suhy.

At the crash scene on Monday, there were flowers, balloons and crosses marking the spot where the truck hit two trees. Written on the crosses was the name, "Piglet" which was her nickname.

Swink was a passenger in a 1986 Toyota pick-up truck Saturday that was driven by a friend, Brandon W. Eads, 16, of Spindale.

The accident occurred at 1:15 p.m. on Big Island Road about three miles from the Harris community.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol (NCHP), Eads was traveling at a rate too fast for conditions when he traveled off the right shoulder of the road, went down an embankment and struck two trees.

Swink was pronounced dead at the scene.

Eads was transported to Spartanburg Regional Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries and was later released from the hospital's emergency room.

First Sgt. Chris McClelland said Monday that Eads was not driving at an excessive speed, but driving too fast for conditions with his inexperienced driving and negotiating the curve were factors.

Swink is the eighth person to die on a Rutherford County road in 2014 and the third teenager to die on a highway in Rutherford County since June 17.

There have been no charges filed in the incident and it is still under investigation.

Memorial donations are suggested to Harrelson Funeral Home, 1251 U.S. Hwy. 221A, Forest City, NC 28043.