4 UGA students killed, 1 injured in crash

UPDATE:

5:30 PM — Over 500 people gather at the University of Georgia Tate Center Plaza for a memorial organized to remember four young women who died in Wednesday’s crash.

Kayla Canedo, Brittany Feldman, Christina Semeria, and Halle Scott passed away just outside Watkinsville when their white Toyota Camry collided with a blue Chevy Cobalt just after 9 p.m. Wednesday on Georgia State Route 15.

“The University of Georgia is a family, we care about each other and tonight is a time to show that we care,” UGA President Jere Morehead says during the service.

Christina Semeria’s parents ask everyone to pray for 21-year-old Agnes Kim’s recovery. Kim was driving the girls’ Toyota Camry.

 

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11:02 AM — University of Georgia President Jere Morehead says in a press conference Thursday the university will be gathering at Tate Plaza at 5 p.m. to reflect on the lives of four students killed in a car crash Wednesday night.

Morehead says counseling services will be available to all students and faculty at the University Health Center.

“I have been at this institution for 31 years and I cannot recall an event of this tragedy or magnitude,” Morehead says. “Now is a time to draw together as a UGA family and support each other. ”

Morehead declines details of the students’ lives “out of consideration for the families” but says the four girls were very active on campus and have many friends who say they are affected by the tragedy.

Athens Police Chief R. Scott Freeman says authorities do not yet know why the girls and their driver were traveling in Watkinsville.

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10:27 AM — Georgia State Patrol has released the identities of the four students killed in Wednesday’s crash. The students are:

[From left] Kayla Canedo, Brittany Feldman, Christina Semeria, and Halle Scott (Source: CBS46, Facebook)
[From left] Kayla Canedo, Brittany Feldman, Christina Semeria, and Halle Scott (Source: CBS46, Facebook)
  • Kayla Canedo (19), Alpharetta
  • Brittany Feldman (20), Alpharetta
  • Halle Scott (19), Dunwoody
  • Christina Semeria (19), Milton 

A release by the Georgia Department of Public Safety says the driver of the students’ car 21-year-old Agnes Kim is still hospitalized at Athens Regional Hospital.

UGA news program Grady Newsource reports the driver of the second car involved in the crash 27-year-old Abby Short was discharged from Athens Regional Hospital Thursday morning.

Georgia State Patrol troopers say they do not believe alcohol was involved.

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9:00 AM — University of Georgia President Jere Morehead says he has canceled the school’s cabinet meeting to hold a press conference in response to the deaths of four female students. The four UGA students were killed in a two car crash in Watkinsville Wednesday night. One more student is in Athens Regional Hospital with critical injuries.

The media briefing will be held at 11:00 AM, Thursday, April 28.

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WATKINSVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Four female University of Georgia students have been killed and another student critically injured in a car crash.

Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry tells local news outlets the crash was just outside Watkinsville when two mid-sized sedans, one driving northbound and the other southbound, collided just after 9 p.m. Wednesday on Georgia State Route 15.

Berry says five female students from UGA were headed northbound when they crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle. Three of the students died at the scene. A fourth later died at Athens Regional Medical Center while a fifth student remains hospitalized.

Berry says the driver of the other car was taken to a hospital, but her condition wasn’t available.

University of Georgia President Jere Morehead issued a statement early Thursday calling the crash “heartbreaking and tragic.” He asks that the public “keep these students and their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

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