Troopers say a high school student running late for school Monday morning struck a tree a half-mile from the school.
The accident happened just before 8:30 a.m. on Slatestone Road in Beaufort County, that's near Washington High School.
Troopers say the 16-year-old boy was driving between 65 and 70 miles per hour in a 45 m.p.h. zone when he ran off the road, and over-corrected. The pickup went airborne and hit a tree. The teen was thrown through the driver's window upon impact. EMS workers told troopers the driver was in stable condition before being taken to Beaufort County Medial Center.
The Highway Patrol says they're looking at possible charges of speeding and a seat belt violation against the teen.