Community remembers teacher killed in crash

A South Carolina community is mourning the loss of an Upstate teaching assistant and her daughter as investigators try to determine what happened in the crash that killed them.Spartanburg District Five Schools of Spartanburg County released new photos and information Wednesday about Megan Jackson Barnett, 30, and her 6-year-old daughter, Briley Diann Barnett, who were killed, along with Jackalon Mattison, 43, of Lyman, in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday on Highway 29.”Megan worked for District Five since 2015, and was a kindergarten teacher’s assistant at Wellford (Academy), where she was a bright light for her students and fellow faculty members,” district officials said in a release. “She was a Wellford product, herself, and a proud Byrnes High School graduate. Her vivacious smile and laugh reflected her huge heart, and the love she had for her family, school and community.”Officials also called Briley a “smart, spunky first-grader at Wellford who loved school, and her family. Her smile was just as bright as her mother’s, and her radiant personality will be missed terribly by teachers, classmates, family and friends.”The district said additional grievance and mental health counselors will be at Wellford Academy “as long as students and staff need them.” “These two precious people were such a huge part of Wellford Academy,” Principal Angie Showalter said. “Their loss leaves a huge hole in all of our hearts.”Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.“Everybody knew them,” Paige Bain, who was friends with Megan Barnett, said. “Everybody loved them.”Bain says she got to know Megan Barnett growing up in Spartanburg County and working in the schools together.“Any time you needed her, she was that type of person who would just help,” Bain said.A quick Facebook search shows the love the community had for Barnett .”Kind, generous soul” and “Fun” are just some of the sentiments that have been posted. “You can’t really explain someone who’s that good of a person,” Bain said. Barnett even had an impact on the people in the salon where she went. Head 2 Toe Salon posted the following on Facebook: “Please pray for the family of our beloved client, Megan Barnett. We are devastated by the news of her and her daughter’s passing. Megan’s kind smile and sweet laughter will be greatly missed at the salon . We cannot make sense of this tragedy, but we can trust that God will prevail and there will be light in the darkness.” Tuesday night, the school district released a statement. “Our school district is heartbroken over the loss of these two precious members of our Wellford Academy and District Five family. As a district, we are offering all the support and resources the Wellford Academy family needs in the coming days and weeks, as they deal with this tragedy. Additional counselors will be on campus tomorrow, and throughout the week, to provide support for any students and staff who need them. The district sends its deepest condolences to the Barnett family, and asks that the community keep them in their thoughts and prayers.”“They’re everywhere,” Bain said. “They’re at the ballfield. They’re in the schools. They’re just good people, and they don’t deserve this. They didn’t deserve to go through this.” A GoFundMe has been set up for the family. You can also donate to the family by sending cards to C/O Michael Joyce 150 Lemuel Drive Wellford, SC 29385.Spartanburg Regional Medical Center released this statement Wednesday evening about Mattison:”Jackalon Mattison was hired in February 2022 as a Medical Records Technician for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. We extend our sympathies to her family and colleagues during this most difficult time.”Wellford Police Chief David Green said the crash is being investigated, and his agency is investigating along with the Spartanburg County Traffic Unit. After the crash Tuesday, Green said the tragedy was absolutely avoidable. “It was a senseless fatality that we believe is a result of speeding,” Green said. Green said speeding along Highway 29 has been on their radar for some time. “We were in the stages of putting together a task force for traffic enforcement. This will speed up that timetable to be more visible on 29. To get people to slow down,” Green said.Green added that following the crash, the police will be stepping up their enforcement on Highway 29 over the next several weeks.

A South Carolina community is mourning the loss of an Upstate teaching assistant and her daughter as investigators try to determine what happened in the crash that killed them.

Spartanburg District Five Schools of Spartanburg County released new photos and information Wednesday about Megan Jackson Barnett, 30, and her 6-year-old daughter, Briley Diann Barnett, who were killed, along with Jackalon Mattison, 43, of Lyman, in a two -vehicle crash Tuesday on Highway 29.

Megan and Briley Barnett, who were killed in a crash on April  19, 2022.

Spartanburg District Five Schools

“Megan worked for District Five since 2015, and was a kindergarten teacher’s assistant at Wellford (Academy), where she was a bright light for her students and fellow faculty members,” district officials said in a release. “She was a Wellford product, herself, and a proud Byrnes High School graduate. Her vivacious smile and laugh reflected her huge heart, and the love she had for her family, school and community.”

Officials also called Briley a “smart, spunky first-grader at Wellford who loved school, and her family. Her smile was just as bright as her mother’s, and her radiant personality will be missed terribly by teachers, classmates, family and friends.”

The district said additional grievance and mental health counselors will be at Wellford Academy “as long as students and staff need them.”

“These two precious people were such a huge part of Wellford Academy,” Principal Angie Showalter said. “Their loss leaves a huge hole in all of our hearts.”

Funeral arrangements have not yet been released.

“Everybody knew them,” Paige Bain, who was friends with Megan Barnett, said. “Everybody loved them.”

Bain says she got to know Megan Barnett growing up in Spartanburg County and working in the schools together.

“Any time you needed her, she was that type of person who would just help,” Bain said.

A quick Facebook search shows the love the community had for Barnett.

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GoFundMe

Megan and Briley Barnett

“Kind, generous soul” and “Fun” are just some of the sentiments that have been posted.

“You can’t really explain someone who’s that good of a person,” Bain said.

Barnett even had an impact on the people in the salon where she went.

Head 2 Toe Salon posted the following on Facebook:

“Please pray for the family of our beloved client, Megan Barnett. We are devastated by the news of her and her daughter’s passing. Megan’s kind smile and sweet laughter will be greatly missed at the salon. We cannot make sense of this tragedy, but we can trust that God will prevail and there will be light in the darkness.”

Spartanburg County deadly crash on Highway 29

Tuesday night, the school district released a statement.

“Our school district is heartbroken over the loss of these two precious members of our Wellford Academy and District Five family. As a district, we are offering all the support and resources the Wellford Academy family needs in the coming days and weeks, as they deal with this tragedy. Additional counselors will be on campus tomorrow, and throughout the week, to provide support for any students and staff who need them. The district sends its deepest condolences to the Barnett family, and asks that the community keep them in their thoughts and prayers.”

“They’re everywhere,” Bain said. “They’re at the ballfield. They’re in the schools. They’re just good people, and they don’t deserve this. They didn’t deserve to go through this.”

A GoFundMe has been set up for the family. You can also donate to the family by sending cards to C/O Michael Joyce 150 Lemuel Drive Wellford, SC 29385.

Spartanburg Regional Medical Center released this statement Wednesday evening about Mattison:

“Jackalon Mattison was hired in February 2022 as a Medical Records Technician for Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. We extend our sympathies to her family and colleagues during this most difficult time.”

Wellford Police Chief David Green said the crash is being investigated, and his agency is investigating along with the Spartanburg County Traffic Unit.

After the crash Tuesday, Green said the tragedy was absolutely avoidable.

“It was a senseless fatality that we believe is a result of speeding,” Green said.

Green said speeding along Highway 29 has been on their radar for some time.

“We were in the stages of putting together a task force for traffic enforcement. This will speed up that timetable to be more visible on 29. To get people to slow down,” Green said.

Green added that following the crash, the police will be stepping up their enforcement on Highway 29 over the next several weeks.

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