High School Student Dies after Police States that She was Hit by Drunk Driver

WANF reports that a drunk driver hit and killed a teen in Georgia. On Friday at 8:20 p.m., 68-year-old Jerome Cox’s 2017 GMC Acadia struck Olivia Pugh on Ben King Road in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Police say Pugh was crossing the street with a group of teens at a marked crosswalk when she was hit by a car and thrown into the trees. Emergency personnel took Pugh to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, where he is currently in a critical condition. The police said that Cox and a passenger were not hurt.

A funeral home notice says that Pugh died on Sunday. Her family has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for a grant in her honor.

“The Olivia Pugh Memorial Scholarship” was made in honor of her life, as her family wrote on the GoFundMe page. Olivia’s loved very much by her family, friends, and high school classmates. This scholarship will be given to a student at Harrison High School who works hard and wants to succeed in her name.

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Pugh liked sports and played softball, flag football, basketball, and ran track. She also led the Beta Club, was in the National Honor Society, the Science Honor Society, and the Key Club. She took challenging honors and AP classes and “somehow found time to work at Chick-fil-A,” her family said.

Her family also said that she was “loving, kind, funny, determined, hardworking, and full of life.” Cox was arrested on charges of drunk driving, obstruction, major injury by car, and failing to yield to a pedestrian, among other things. In their report about the event on Monday, the police said that charges would likely be raised.

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