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Clemson grad dies in rollerblading accident

May 11, 2010 6:36:00 AM - thestate.com
Authorities say a 21-year-old South Carolina woman died just two days after her college graduation when she hit a metal guardrail while rollerblading.

The Anderson Independent-Mail reports that Samantha Erin Cawthorne was skating alone in the South Carolina Botanical Garden on the campus of Clemson University when she ran into the guardrail and hit her head.

The Pickens County coroner said Cawthorne was not wearing a helmet when she was injured Sunday afternoon. She was unconscious when she was rushed to a local hospital, where she died that night.

Cawthorne graduated from Clemson last Friday with honors and a degree in physics.

A university spokesman said college officials are working with Cawthorne's family to establish a charity in her honor.

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