The Latest: Candles to honor car crash victims, 22 others

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Posted: Apr 29, 2016 12:30 PM
The Latest: Candles to honor car crash victims, 22 others

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The Latest on a car crash that killed four University of Georgia students (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

The University of Georgia plans a candlelight service to remember four students killed in a car crash — along with 22 other members of the university community — who have died in the past year.

The service planned for Tuesday evening is an annual event to honor university and employees who passed away. It holds special significance this year, coming shortly after the Wednesday night car crash that took the lives of four students and left one other critically injured.

On Tuesday, names of the 26 students, faculty and staff members who have died will be read aloud on the steps of the chapel, following by the toll of the chapel bell and the lighting of a candle as each name is read.

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11:20 a.m.

The Georgia State Patrol says part of its investigation of a crash that claimed the lives of four University of Georgia students will involve re-visiting the scene of the wreck to recreate what happened using a computer program.

Troopers say the four students were killed Wednesday night, when their Toyota Camry crossed the center line and was struck by an oncoming car on a highway south of the Athens campus.

State Patrol Capt. Mark Perry says the agency's Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team will return to the site to create a scale representation of the scene.

Perry said that if there are any charges as a result of the crash, they would typically not come until the accident reconstruction team completes its work at the scene and surviving motorists can be interviewed.

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10:30 a.m.

A hospital spokesman says a University of Georgia student who survived a car crash that killed four of her friends and fellow students remains in critical condition.

Athens Regional Medical Center spokesman Mike Pilcher tells The Associated Press Friday morning that 21-year-old Agnes Kim of Snellville is still listed in critical condition at the hospital. He said he could not give more details on her medical situation due to privacy reasons.

State troopers say Kim was driving a white Toyota Camry carrying the four Georgia students who were killed when it veered across the center line Wednesday night and was struck by a blue Chevy Cobalt.

Troopers said the Cobalt was driven by 27-year-old Abby Short of Demorest, Georgia.

Pilcher said that Short, who was also taken to Athens Regional after the crash, has been released from the hospital.

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8 a.m.

Flags across Georgia are at half-staff in remembrance of four University of Georgia students killed and another critically injured in a high-speed car crash a few miles south of the Athens campus.

The Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate the cause of Wednesday night's wreck on Georgia State Route 15. State troopers say a white Toyota Camry carrying all five students was heading north when it veered across the centerline and was struck by an oncoming car.

The students killed were either 19 or 20 years old. All were from the Atlanta suburbs.

The driver of the Camry — a 21-year-old University of Georgia student from Snellville — remained hospitalized Thursday in critical condition.

The driver of the other car was injured but expected to survive.