Beloved York Co. teacher, pastor & Winthrop mentor killed in head on crash

Posted February 7, 2019 1:16 pm | Filed under Featured, Local News, News

45-year-old Rev. John O’Kain, who was a longtime mentor to Winthrop University students as the leader of the college’s Presbyterian campus ministry was killed in a York car crash Tuesday, and is being remembered as a compassionate teacher and pastor who cared for all people.

O’Kain was in his first year as a science teacher at York Comprehensive High School according to published reports. O’Kane was killed when a truck that was trying to pass a York school district bus hit O’Kain’s car head-on around 6:20 a.m. Tuesday, South Carolina highway patrol troopers and the York County Coroner’s Office said.

The truck sideswiped the bus. No students were on the bus and the driver and bus monitor were not hurt. The driver of the other vehicle was injured.

Tim Cooper, spokesman for the York school district said the school community is grieving and counselors are available for students and staff who need assistance. Funeral arrangements are pending.