After fighting for his life for almost seven months, 22-year-old Jacob Hazelwood of Clover died on Wednesday after he was severely burned and injured in a fiery crash on March 28 on Lennig Road near Howard P. Anderson Road.
The crash occurred when the 2010 Chevrolet van he was driving crossed the centerline and struck head on a 2014 Freightliner tractor-trailer causing both 150-gallon fuel tanks on the Freightliner to leak fueling a fire.
Duke Life Flight airlifted Hazelwood to UNC Burn Center at Chapel Hill after he received third-degree burns on 80 percent of his body and fourth degree burns, which later caused him to lose both of his legs.
In June he told WDBJ7 through a cell phone video, “I just wanted to say hey, I’m doing better.”
He added, “I wanted to thank you all for the gifts and all the wishes and prayers and everything that’s been coming my way. I appreciate everything, and I’m going to do my best to get better as fast as I can.”
However, things took a turn for the worse last week.
He leaves behind his mother, Katherine “Boots” Hazelwood.
His father, the late John “Earl” Hazelwood, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.
A graveside service was held for Hazelwood at 2 p.m. Sunday at Clover Cemetery.