H.E. McCracken Middle School staff members say a 13-year-old student hit by a car Halloween night was exceptionally positive, cheerful and hardworking.
Seaira Bre-An Boulineau was leaving a vehicle and attempting to cross the street near 73 Alljoy Road just before 8:30 p.m. when she was struck by a 2005 Mazda driven by a 17-year-old Bluffton girl, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.
Boulineau died at 4:02 p.m. Thursday of head injuries, according to Beaufort County deputy coroner David Ott
McCracken guidance counselor Lois Harper said Boulineau was "the most positive, careful, encouraging and helpful student as any we have had register here."
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Students were not in school Friday because of fall break. Harper said administrators, social workers and counselors will be on hand to assist grieving students when they return Monday.
A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Sauls Funeral Home of Bluffton.
"She was always a joy and blessing to everyone she talked to every day," Harper said. "She will definitely be deeply missed."
Assistant principal Lorene Pryor said Boulineau was "exceptionally kind, talkative and outgoing."
"She was just a sweet girl," Pryor said.
Members of Boulineau's family declined to speak with media Friday.
Drugs, alcohol and texting were not a factor in the incident, according to Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Bob Beres, and charges will not be filed against the driver.
Beres said the Highway Patrol continues to investigate.
Boulineau was wearing dark clothing, according to the Highway Patrol, and Alljoy Road does not have street lights.
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