HARDEEVILLE, S.C. – South Carolina Highway Patrol says 52-year-old Sharon Toomer, an employee of the Jasper County School District, was killed in an accident on I95 Wednesday morning. She worked at Hardeeville Elementary as a cafeteria worker. It happened in the southbound lanes at mile marker 15. Officers say she ran off the road and struck a tree around 5:30 a.m. The car crash remains under investigation.
Toomer worked in food services for more than 10 years for Jasper County School District, according to a news release sent by John C. Williams. Working with both elementary and middle schools, she started work at the former Ridgeland High School before moving to the Hardeeville campus.
“She was a very dedicated, determined and dependable woman,” said Lydia Breland, director of food services. “We are all in shock here in Food Services and at the Hardeeville campus.” The principal at Hardeeville Elementary, Wanda Bostick, also shared her memories of Toomer saying that she was the kind of person who made breakfast and lunch in the cafeteria more fun for students and staff. “She loved to laugh and joke, and she knew so many of our students by name,” Bostick said. “Her smile brightened up the cafeteria and our school.”
Counselors are at the school to help both students and staff deal with the loss.