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A 20-year-old Citadel cadet home in Beaufort during his Thanksgiving break died early Tuesday when his car ran off of U.S. 21 on Hunting Island and crashed into trees, S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Paul Brouthers said.'
Leith Paul Trask III of Beaufort failed to negotiate a curve in a 1999 Isuzu Trooper while heading north on the highway between the entrance to the camping grounds of Hunting Island State Park and the park's main entrance, officials said. The error caused his sport utility vehicle to run off the left side of the road and hit the trees.'
The car caught fire, Brouthers said, but Trask died on impact.'
No one else was involved in the wreck. The speed limit on the road is 45 mph and Trask was wearing a seat belt, Brouthers said.'
The Lady's Island-St. Helena Fire District responded to a call about a car fire at about 1:40 a.m. and the Highway Patrol was notified shortly thereafter, Assistant Chief Scott Goneke said.'
Trask is the son of Meredith "Merry" Carmichael Trask and L. Paul Trask Jr., who owns Plaza Stadium Theatre and Lady's Island Cinema in Beaufort.'
At The Citadel, Trask III was a sophomore in the Tango Company and a pre-business major, according to The Citadel's Web site. He played football there his freshman year, according to the site.'
Trask III was a 2004 graduate of Middlesex School in Concord, Mass., where he was captain of the football team, according to his obituary.