‘They took my baby’: Dad mourns college freshman killed by alleged drunk driver

A college freshman driving to visit home for her mother’s birthday was killed by an alleged drunk driver on Saturday in Lithonia, Channel 2 Action News reported.

Kennedy Segars, 18, was a student at Alabama State University who wanted to be an attorney, her father Marvin told Channel 2.

Marvin Segars (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

“Til’ the day I die, it will still be a pain,” Marvin Segars said. “They took my baby at 18. This is just horrible. I don’t want nobody to feel this at all.”

She was stopped at a red light near her parents’ home at the intersection of Klondike Road and Mall Parkway near Stonecrest Mall when a driver rear-ended her going more than 70 mph, police told the news station.

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Her car flipped several times and ended up down an embankment, Channel 2 reported.

 

The driver, 52-year-old Reginald Stubbs, survived the crash, but Kennedy Segars was pronounced dead Monday at a local hospital because of brain injuries, the news station reported.

Reginald Stubbs (Photo: Channel 2 Action News)

“I question that all the time,” Marvin Segars said. “Why’d you have to take her?”

Stubbs faces four charges, including first-degree vehicular homicide, DUI, serious injury by vehicle and following too closely, jail records show. Segars told Channel 2 he hopes Stubbs spends the rest of his life in prison.

“We want him to stay behind bars forever,” he said. “He took a life, so his freedom should be taken as well.”

Stubbs remains in the DeKalb County Jail without bond, according to jail records.

Alabama State University President Quinton T. Ross sent AJC.com a statement on the incident, which said:

“The ASU family extends our deepest condolences and prayers to Kennedy Segars’ family and friends during this difficult time. Ms. Segars was a proud member of the University’s 2018-19 freshman class, the first group of freshman to enroll in ASU since I became president. Her presence will be sorely missed by her classmates, friends and professors.”

Ross also said the university is providing counseling services to students affected by Segars’ death.

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