Funeral set for KSU student killed in car crash

A Kennesaw State University student who was killed in a car crash last week will be buried this weekend.

Colin Ruland, 19, of Sugar Hill, was ejected from a car after a rollover crash on I-75 north at the Chastain Road exit ramp, Cobb County police said. He will be buried Saturday.

“The vehicle began a clockwise rotation, rolled onto its roof, and collided into a tree before coming to an uncontrolled rest on the eastern shoulder of the roadway,” police spokeswoman Officer Alicia Chilton said.

Ruland was in the car with three friends — Ethan Dowell, Cole Kovarchick and Jordan Wormsby — who all sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

“He deeply touched everyone he came in contact with as he radiated his lighthearted attitude and was known to light up a room with his intoxicating smile and signature laugh,” Ruland’s mother Stacy said in a Facebook post.

The former North Gwinnett High School track and field runner graduated in May 2015. He was majoring in business finance at KSU.

“The most meaningful way to reach out to us would simply be to hug your loved ones a little tighter today and every day,” Stacy Ruland wrote in her post.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Flanigan Funeral Home in Buford. Family is asking that donations be made to Good Sports in honor of Ruland.

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