A University of Georgia student remains in critical condition Friday following a crash that killed four of her friends.
Media reports say Agnes Kim, 21, was driving a Toyota Camry northbound on Ga. 15 in Oconee County when she crossed the center line and into the path of a Chevrolet Cobalt.
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The accident happened late Wednesday a few miles outside of Watkinsville in the 3900 block of Greensboro Highway around 9 p.m.
Halle Grace Scott, 19, of Dunwoody; Kayla Leigh Canedo, 19, of Alpharetta; Brittany Katherine Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; and Christina Devon Semeria, 19, of Milton were all passengers in Kim’s car and were killed as a result of injuries they sustained in the crash.
The driver of the Chevrolet Cobalt has been identified as Abby Short, 27, of Demorest. She was rushed to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries and has since been released. But Kim, a senior marketing major, sustained head injuries and was in a coma late Thursday, her pastor told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
What led to the crash remains unclear, according to an article on myajc.com. The Georgia State Patrol has stressed, however, that alcohol is not believed to be a factor.
Steven Leibel, an experienced brain and catastrophic injury attorney, is of the opinion the investigation will show that the unbelted passenger was thrown inside the car with such force as to become a deadly object that could cause the death of the other passengers.
As news of the crash spread, about 200 people gathered at the local Young Life center immediately following the incident, the headquarters of a Christian ministry group where Kim began volunteering as a freshman. About 20 people reportedly stayed overnight on Wednesday.
The AJC reports Kim’s condition is mostly unchanged since Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Jody Hice, R-Georgia, called for a moment of silence Friday morning in the House of Representatives. Flags were also flying at half-staff in Georgia on Friday, part of a statewide outpouring of sympathy.
On Twitter, Gov. Nathan Deal posted:
“In memory & in honor of these students, I’ve ordered flags to be flown at half-staff. Today, we are all Bulldogs. #prayforUGA”
Police estimate at least 2,000 students attended a memorial Thursday at Tate Center Plaza. The memorials held across campus included prayer circles and shared stories.
The Athens Banner-Herald reported that two of the victims’ brothers, Will Scott and Nick Semeria, attended and spoke at the Tate Center Plaza memorial.
As a sign of solidarity, the Georgia Southern University Twitter page posted the following sentiments:
“We offer our deepest condolences to the @universityofga family as they mourn the loss of four students. #UGAstrong”