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CofC student killed on road trip with frat brothers, driver charged

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Franklin Barker West (Courtesy Sturh Funeral Home) Franklin Barker West (Courtesy Sturh Funeral Home)
Henry Farr (provided) Henry Farr (provided)

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Counselors were called to the College of Charleston over the weekend to help students deal with the loss of one of their classmates.

Franklin Barker West, 18, of Alexandria, Virginia was killed in a car accident Friday. He was on a trip with fellow members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

"It's such a tragedy that you can't really explain," said Peter Lawson-Johnston, a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. "I've seen a lot of guys come in and out and he was the most lively and just likeable, most outgoing fun kid."

According to Mike Reynolds of CofC's Media Relations Department, counseling will be available as long as students need it.

"We have counselors that are available to work with them and that are working with them and hopefully the family can get through this and move on," said George Benson, president of the college. "But, oh my goodness. How difficult."

Barker was a sophomore at the college.

" I met his mother at a reception in Virginia about a year and a half ago," Benson said. "This is so tragic. This happens from time to time in institutions this large, but you never get used to it." 

According to troopers with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened on I-95 Friday afternoon. Trooper Billy Elder reported five people were in a 2001 Land Rover that left the roadway and overturned after hitting a tree.

The driver, 18-year-old Henry Sims Farr was charged with one count of felony driving under the influence, possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled substance.

According to Clarendon County Detention Center records, Farr has posted bond and has been released.

He was given a $10,000 personal recognizance bond for the felony DUI charge and $2,500 for the controlled substance charge. For the possession of marijuana charge he was given a $620 bond.

He is scheduled to appear in court next month.

According to the Sumter Daily Item, the Clarendon County Coroner's office confirmed West died on the scene after suffering from broken limbs and internal bleeding.

Reynolds said if there is any kind of investigation into West's death within the school, it will be by the Pi Kappa Alpha national organization.

According to his obituary, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors, c/o Pi Kappa Alpha Chapter, College of Charleston, 99 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

A Funeral Service will be held Friday, September 13, in St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Alexandria, VA.

The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 10, in J. Henry Stuhr's Downtown Chapel from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m.


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