School to celebrate life of track coach, teacher killed in head-on collision


SC Highway Patrol and the Spartanburg County Coroner’s Office responded to a fatal collision that occurred on Cross Anchor Road on Monday.

Per trooper reports, the collision occurred at 8:12 a.m. on Cross Anchor Road and Kilgore Bridge Road, approximately 2.5 miles from Woodruff.

Troopers say a 42-year-old in a Dodge pickup truck was traveling east on Cross Anchor Road as a 61-year-old driving a Toyota was traveling West on Cross Anchor Road and the two vehicles crashed head on.

The driver in the pickup was wearing a seat belt and was injured. He was transported to Spartanburg Medical by EMS, troopers say.

According to troopers, the driver in the Toyota was wearing a seat belt and was transported to Spartanburg Medical by EMS where he was pronounced dead. The individual was later identified as 61-year-old Frank Robert Klecker of Enoree. His exact cause of death is pending forensic examination.

Klecker was the long-time track coach and teacher at Southside Christian School in Simpsonville. The school released a statement on his passing on its Facebook page:

The school is hosted a prayer service for Kleckner’s family at 7 p.m. Monday on the track of Sabre Stadium.

School officials say exams have been canceled for the rest of the week. They say any student still wishing to take exams is able to do so.

The MAIT team is investigating the incident. Charges are pending.

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