Two teenagers were killed when their car struck a tree after they attended Wando High School’s prom, authorities said. On April 7, at approximately 2:23 a.m., officers from the Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to Rifle Range Road near Hamlin Road in reference to a single-car collision.
Firefighters reported finding the vehicle off Rifle Range Road around 1:49 a.m. after another driver with a damaged tire flagged them down, according to Mount Pleasant Fire Department. The two victims involved were both pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Charleston County Coroner’s Office.
Elizabeth “Libby” Daniel, 18, of Mount Pleasant and Keith Schemm, 19, of Isle of Palms were current and former students of Wando High School. Daniel was a senior at Wando, where staff said she was active in the Air Force JROTC program. Schemm graduated from Wando in 2018 and was a freshman at The Citadel.
“We are heartbroken, and our thoughts are with the families of these two students, as well as the many friends and faculty members who are affected,” Principal Sherry Eppelsheimer released in a statement.
The Charleston County School District Crisis Team has joined with school counselors at Wando to provide extra support for students and staff in handling this tragedy. The Mount Pleasant Police Department’s Traffic Bureau is investigating this collision.
“We are a small community, and when such things happen all of us feel a profound sense of loss. Keith’s family, classmates and friends will need our support as they mourn his loss. No one in our community should walk alone if he or she is hurting, so please reach out to support each other as we mourn this tragic loss,” Citadel President Gen. Glenn Walters, USMC (Ret), released in a statement.
Schemm’s service was held Thursday, April 11, in the Summerall Chapel, The Citadel, 171 Moultrie Street. Entombment in the Citadel Bell Tower will be at a later date. Daniel’s funeral service was held on Saturday, April 13, at The Church at LifePark. Donations can still be made to Wando’s Air Force JROTC.