Flags in Georgia are flying at half-mast today to honor of the lives of four young girls that were taken too soon. After a deadly collision on a two-lane road, about 17 minutes from the University of Georgia, the four passengers who lost their lives were survived by their driver, Agnes Kim, who remains in critical condition at Athens Regional Medical Center.
It was approximately 9 pm on Wednesday night as two cars drove on Georgia State Route 15 outside of Watkinsville, when Kim’s white Toyota Camry swerved into the southbound lanes and was struck by Abby Short, driving a blue Chevrolet Cobalt. While Short had no passengers, she was on a Bluetooth phonecall with her mother at the time of the crash, and she immediately called 911.
All students but Semeria were reportedly wearing their seatbelts. Although why the Camry crossed over the lanes remains a mystery, local authorities do not suspect drugs or alcohol to be involved. The Georgia State Police plan to continue their investigation of this heartbreaking tragedy.
A candlelight vigil was held Thursday night at an apartment complex called The Lodge of Athens on the University’s campus to give students and friends of the deceased a change to come together and mourn the loss of their fellow Bulldogs.
The girls were heavily involved in both the Greek and religious groups on campus, and their energy and spirit will be missed many many. Fellow sorority sisters have taken to Twitter and Facebook by posting condolences and memories alongside the hashtag #PrayForUGA.
University President Jere Morehead said, “We are deeply saddened…This is something that the University hasn’t faced before…we will face it, we will provide support for each other.” Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of these girls and to the entire campus. Please pray for UGA and Agnes, who is currently in critical condition.