First of 4 funerals held for Ga. college students killed in crash

ATHENS, Ga. (WNCN/AP) — The first of four funerals for four female college students from Georgia was held starting Sunday after the group died in a car crash last week.

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University of Georgia students and employees were devastated at the loss of four female students killed in the horrific, high-speed car crash that left another student critically injured.

The wreck comes just a year and 5 days since five female Georgia Southern nursing students died in a crash on I-16 in Bryan County, Georgia while on their way for training at a Savannah hospital.

The wreck last week happened when two cars, one northbound and the other southbound, collided around 9 p.m. Wednesday on Georgia State Route 15 south of the Athens campus, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said.

All five students were in a Toyota Camry heading north near Watkinsville when it veered into the southbound lane, the Georgia State Patrol said in a preliminary report. A Chevrolet Cobalt heading the opposite direction struck the Camry in the passenger side. It wasn’t known why the Camry drifted into the other lane, the patrol said.

The students killed, all from the Atlanta suburbs, were Kayla Canedo, 19, of Alpharetta; Brittany Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; Christina Semeria, 19, of Milton; and Halle Scott, 19, of Dunwoody, the State Patrol said.

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The driver of the Camry – fellow student Agnes Kim, 21, of Snellville, Georgia, another Atlanta suburb – remained hospitalized late Thursday morning.

The Cobalt driver, Abby Short, 27, of Demorest, Georgia, was taken to a hospital  and later released.

The State Patrol said troopers don’t suspect that alcohol played a role in the crash.

“The loss of any student is very difficult and a tragedy of this magnitude is truly devastating,” University of Georgia President Jere Morehead said. “During this time of tremendous sadness, let us draw together as a UGA family and care for each other.”

Here are the funeral arrangements for the students:

The funeral for Halle Scott was Sunday at Dunwoody United Methodist Church, 1548 Mt Vernon Rd, Dunwoody, GA 30338. Visitation is 4 p.m., funeral at 5 p.m.

The funeral for Christina Semeria is Monday at Birmingham United Methodist in Milton, 15770 Birmingham Hwy, Milton, GA 30004. Visitation is 5 p.m., funeral at 7 p.m.

A combined funeral for childhood friends Kayla Canedo and Brittany Feldman will be Tuesday at 3 p.m. at North Point Community Church in Alpharetta, 4350 North Point Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30022.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report

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