Man killed when car hits horse 

 

By ANNA BROWN Staff Writer - Union Daily Times

A longtime Union High School band volunteer and local theater actor was killed Thursday night when his vehicle struck a horse on the Cross Keys Highway. 

George Holloway, 32, of 303 O’Shields St., died at the scene of the wreck, which occurred near Wildcat Road about 14 miles west of Union. Coroner William Holcombe said Holloway was returning home from classes at ITT Tech in Greenville, where he would have graduated in a few weeks. An autopsy will be performed today on Holloway’s body at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. 

Holloway was driving a 2006 Ford Focus four door when a horse crossed the roadway from the left shoulder into the path of his car, said Lance Cpl. Josef Robinson with the South Carolina Highway Patrol. The Ford struck the horse on the left front side. 

Holloway was wearing a seat belt when the wreck occurred. Robinson said troopers estimated his speed at 45 mph in a 45 zone. 

Another vehicle traveling behind Holloway struck a second horse but the driver was not injured. 

The wreck is still under investigation, Robinson said. The Highway Patrol did not provide the name of the owner of the horse. 

Former longtime Union High School band director Buddy Wilkes said Holloway played saxophone and was a band officer when he was in high school and began volunteering with the band after graduation. 

“He would do anything that needed doing; he helped every year with the Wilbur F. Smith Invitational,” said Wilkes, who now is band director at Sims Jr. High. “Band students all across the state knew George.” 

Wilkes said he remembers that when he retired from the Union High position several years ago, the new band director who came in from another county already was familiar with Holloway. 

Last Friday when Union High traveled to Greer for a playoff football game, Holloway followed the bus in his car and played his saxophone with the pep band. He said the Ford was a rental car he was using because his truck was in the shop. 

Wilkes said Holloway always knew what the weather report was and had a knack for directions. 

“He could tell you directions to anywhere,” Wilkes said. 

Once, when the band was going to Disney World to perform, a change in plans occurred and they found out they would not be able to stay at the motel they originally had booked. When Wilkes made the announcement in the band room and said they would be staying in a La Quinta Inn, Holloway announced the address. 

“Before I could tell the address, he told the address in Orlando,” Wilkes said.

Holloway had a large part in this week’s Boogaloo Folk Life Production, “Perceiving is Believing,” including scenes with Wilkes. He had been involved in Boogaloo productions for many years. 

“It is going to be tough trying to do it without him,” Wilkes said. 

 

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