A funeral is set for Wednesday for the 13-year-old girl killed last week in a crash with a Hall County school bus.
Summer Anderson will be remembered at a service at Bearden Funeral Home in Dawsonville at 2 p.m. Viewing will be held from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and for three hours before the service Wednesday.
Friends and classmates from Dawson County Middle School are expected to attend.
She was on her way to school May 16 with her 12-year-old brother Zachary when their father, Lonnie Anderson, hit standing water on Ga. 60 North near Rufus Bryant Road. Their Ford Mustang hydroplaned and hit the school bus head-on.
Summer was pronounced dead at the scene.
Her brother, a student at Kilough Elementary in Dawsonville, was taken to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with serious injuries. He has been released and is recovering at home, according to his family.
Lonnie Anderson, 33, is still hospitalized. Family members said he is in stable condition but is recovering from several broken bones, including a broken pelvis, at Northeast Georgia Medical Center. He remains sedated.
He is expected to face traffic charges in the crash, according to the Georgia State Patrol.
Casey Smith, a cousin of the children’s mother, described Summer as an amazing kid who “just had love for everyone.
“She was always smiling. And if she walked in a room, all eyes were on her. She always lit up a room.”
Smith said the days since the crash have been difficult for their family, but she appreciates the widespread community support. April Anderson, the children’s mother, is very grateful, she said.
“We still ask for prayers as we have a tough week ahead of us with the funeral,” Smith said.
A GoFundMe page was set up to help the Anderson family with medical expenses.
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