Vigil Set For Atlanta College Student Killed By Drunk Driver
Family, friends and supporters of an ambitious Georgia college student killed by a drunk driver will hold a vigil this week in her honor.
Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports the memorial will be held Wednesday (Oct. 24) at Decatur High School, 18-year-old Kennedy Segars' former high school. The Alabama State University student died last weekend when she was killed in a car accident caused by suspected drunk driver Reginald Stubbs. The 52-year-old was driving at a reported 70mph when he crashed in Segars' car, causing it to flip several times into an embankment. Stubbs, who hit three other cars, survived the crash. Doctors were unable to revive the teen due to severe brain damage.
Stubbs refused to take a drug & alcohol test at the scene according to 11Alive but was subsequently charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, following too closely and serious injury by vehicle. He later confessed to drinking at a Ruby Tuesday’s during the University of Georgia game of the same night (Oct. 13), telling told local authorities he took a shot every time the team scored points on top of consuming three beers and three margaritas.
Segars was visiting her parents to celebrate her mother's birthday. On Friday (Oct. 19), family and friends filled a Georgia courtroom hoping that the judge would not grant bond to the man who was behind the wheel of the car.
Marvin Segars, Kennedy's dad, spoke to the NBC-affiliate station after the court hearing saying, “My daughter was very special. She was very strong, very determined, she was just a grinder, and for this man to take my daughter and try to even get a bond, it’s just crazy.”
Fallon Barns, the best friend of Segars, wants hopes Stubbs will pay for the reckless crime.
“I hope and I pray that the man responsible for this, he pays for it," said Barns. "On October 13th, that man took my best friend away from me, my sister! So, I want justice for Kennedy, and I hope and pray that everyone out there that knows her and is familiar how beautiful of a soul she is, is able to use this as motivation because that’s what she would want everyone else to do.”
Arlethea Williams, principal of Kennedy’s high school, also had nothing but positive memories about the teen.
"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our recent graduates, Kennedy Segars,” she wrote. "Kennedy brought tremendous joy to students and staff alike. We are all better people as a result of knowing her. Kennedy’s passing has left an indescribable hole in our hearts, and she will be sorely missed."
The judge ultimately decided to delay the bond due to the emotionally-charged environment. A date has yet to be set according to the AJC.
The vigil will begin at 6:30 pm. "We look forward to seeing Kennedy's friends, teachers and the Decatur community who she loved so much,” Kennedy's mother, Quavada Moreland said in a release.
An online fundraiser for Segars’ funeral expenses, with a goal set at $10,000, raised more than $5,800 as of Tuesday afternoon.