BHS Grad Killed on Hardscrabble

COLUMBIA (July 13, 2016) – A former Blythewood High School student was killed earlier this month after he was struck by an SUV while crossing Hardscrabble Road.

Richland County Coroner Gary Watts said Ty-Shon Townsend, 17, of Wilkinson Drive, Columbia, was attempting to cross Hardscrabble Road near Dolly Street just after 9 a.m. on July 2 when he was struck by a 2003 Chevrolet SUV that was traveling south on Hardscrabble. Townsend was transported by ambulance to Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, Watts said, where he was pronounced dead at 10:31 a.m. Watts said an autopsy conducted July 3 revealed Townsend died from blunt force trauma.

Townsend, a recent graduate of Blythewood High School, was laid to rest at Fort Jackson National Cemetery on July 10. Family members have set up a Go Fund Me account to help raise money to cover funeral expenses. Those wishing to donate can go to


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