Man, 22, dies after cycle wreck

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By Jesef Williams

Stephanie Carnes is trying to understand how her son's life was taken away so suddenly.

Russell Cory Kennington, 22, died Wednesday from injuries he suffered Tuesday in a one-vehicle accident on Palmer Lloyd Road, just feet from his home.

Kennington, who was riding a 2006 Yamaha motorcycle, was traveling east at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday when he ran off the right side of the road and was thrown into a wooded area, said Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin of the S.C. Highway Patrol.

He was not wearing a helmet, and speed is believed to be a factor, Gaskin said. The posted speed limit there is 35 mph. Gaskin noted that the part of the road where the accident occurred is curvy.

No other vehicle was involved in the accident, and alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the accident, Gaskin said.

Carnes was notified of her son's accident within minutes. She came to the scene and later drove to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, where Kennington was taken for treatment.

Kennington was placed on a ventilator, and was never able to breathe on his own again, Carnes said. He also suffered blunt force trauma to the head, she said.

During the entire time at the hospital, Carnes stood beside her son, hoping he would recover.

"I told him he could make it, but he wasn't strong enough to do it," Carnes said.

The final thing she told him before he died was that she loved him. Carnes said that was also the last message he gave her as he left her house Tuesday morning.

The two would say "I love you" to one another on a daily basis.

Carnes said it's difficult coping with her son's death.

"I keep waiting for him to call me and say, 'Mama, whatcha doing?'"


About Russell Cory

Kennington attended the three public schools in the Buford community and was scheduled to begin working at Hinson Electric in Monroe the day he died.

He was an auto mechanics enthusiast who loved to fish and hunt. He also enjoyed riding four-wheelers and motorcycles, Carnes said.

"He was just a real outgoing person," she said. "He just loved being alive."

Kennington, who leaves behind a daughter, Victoria, is also survived by his father, Russell Leroy Kennington, two brothers and two sisters.

His funeral is at 3 p.m. Saturday at Hopewell United Methodist Church.

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or (803) 283-1152