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.
“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.
Her car flipped several times and ended up down an embankment, Channel 2 reported.
A suspected drunk driver killed 18 year old Kennedy Segars when he crashed into her over the weekend in Lithonia, police say. She had just started school at Alabama State and planned on being a lawyer, her family says. RIP. pic.twitter.com/Jl5PsWahOR
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.
“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.
Zachary Hansen, a Georgia native, covers economic development and commercial real estate for the AJC. He's been with the newspaper since 2018 and enjoys diving into complex stories that affect people's lives.