Days before the Stewart family was to mourn the eighth anniversary of a family member’s car crash death, they lost another loved one in the similar fashion.
James Stewart, 21, of Bluffton, lost his life Tuesday night as he traveled southbound on Alljoy Road, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol and the Beaufort County Coroner’s Office.
Stewart was driving a 2003 Infiniti sedan that went off the right side of the roadway around 8:40 p.m., overcorrected to the left, ran off the road again, overturned and struck a tree, the Highway Patrol said.
Stewart was not wearing a seat belt and was entrapped. He died at the scene, the patrol said.
This is not the first time the Stewart family has lot a son and brother to a car crash.
Emily Stewart, James Stewart’s older sister, said on Wednesday that she was already gearing up for the anniversary of her older brother’s death.
“This is still all a shock to me,” she said. “I was preparing for the anniversary of my older brother’s death, which was Jan. 28, 2009. I wasn’t expecting to have to go through this all over again, and neither was my mom.”
A GoFundMe page has been created to help the Stewart family with funeral expenses. As of Wednesday afternoon, the website had raised $910 of the $4,000 goal.
“It’s just not right having to go through this twice,” Emily Stewart said. “My brother was an amazing guy and had a lot of friends and people that loved him. My son just turned 1, and they had an amazing bond. Now I’m heartbroken for my son, too.”