Four University of Georgia students were killed and one was critically injured in a car crash near the college April 27. All of the victims were women between the ages of 19 and 21.
The five young women were traveling northbound in a white Toyota Camry when the vehicle, for unknown reasons, veered into oncoming traffic in the southbound lanes and hit a blue Chevrolet Cobalt, reported WAGA.
Investigators said three of the students died at the scene and two others were rushed to a nearby hospital where one more student passed away.
The woman who was driving the other vehicle was taken to the hospital for non-life threatening injuries and later released.
The deceased victims' names and ages are: Kayla Canedo, 19; Brittany Feldman, 20; Christina Semeria, 19; and Halle Scott, 19.
Agnes Kim, 21, was driving the vehicle and is still in critical condition at the hospital.
The deaths shocked the University of Georgia. Jere W. Morehead, the school's president, released a statement hours after the incident:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the heartbreaking and tragic loss of four students and critical injuries to another student in a terrible car accident last night outside of Athens. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our students who were victims. We ask that you keep these students and their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.
At the campus Young Life center, about 20 students spent the night on the rug after they learned about the crash, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Agnes Kim, now a senior, has been involved with Young Life since her freshman year, Jana Harwell, the area director, said Thursday.
“Everyone loves her,” Harwell told the Journal-Constitution. “She’s a fantastic person and very committed to serving young people.”
To honor the crash victims, Republican Gov. Nathan Deal of Georgia ordered all flags be flown at half-staff and tweeted his condolences and prayers.
“Today, we are all Bulldogs,” Deal said.