The 21-year-old volleyball player in Georgia dies after crashing her car against a tree while trying to escape from Savannah before Hurricane Dorian strikes
- Karissa Tatum, 21, died after crashing her car while evacuating from Savannah, Georgia, with her friends before Hurricane hit Dorian
- She hydroplaned her car on the highway and hit a tree on September 1
- She was taken to the hospital where she died later on September 4
- Tatum was a university junior who played volleyball for Savannah State University
A volleyball player in Georgia died in a car accident while evacuating for Hurricane Dorian.
Volleyball player Karissa Tatum (21), Savannah State University, died on September 4 after an accident while she and her friends evacuated from their university campus in Savannah, Georgia.
Tatum's friends told it WSAV that while Tatum drove them home to LaFayette, Georgia, on 1 September I hit a hydroplan on I-16 and a tree.
Savannah State University volleyball player Karissa Tatum, 21, died on September 4 after having a car accident while attempting to evacuate prior to Hurricane Dorian
Tatum was taken to the hospital, where she died later. Her passengers survived the accident.
Tatum obituary noted that she was at Savannah State University in her youngest year and was a mass communication journalist and a leading role student. She would have realized a lifelong dream to live in Savannah and play Division I volleyball.
Tatum was described as a kind, caring, and compassionate soul. She loved it deeply and fought hard for what she believed in. Everyone who had the honor of knowing her was left with a small piece of her. She was private but freely gave herself to anyone who needed it. & # 39;
Her teammate and roommate De’Antonette Rodriguez told WSAV that as a best friend, Tatum was a great person, she would give everything to anyone. She would do anything to make you smile. & # 39;
Tatum drove herself and friends home when she hit the highway on the highway and hit a tree on September 1. She was taken to the hospital where she died later
Tatum (pictured at the university, left and in high school, right) was a star volleyball player. She had just turned 21 and was a junior in college
Tatum & # 39; s (judge) high school volleyball devoted her two wins to her the day after her death. She was one of three team members who had killed 1,000 during her high school career
Following news about her death, Tatum & # 39; s high school volleyball team dedicated their two victories to her memory on September 5.
Players from the LaFayette High School volleyball team put her initials and shirt number on their legs and wore the colors of her college on their shoes, while Facebook from the team put a tribute to her that her & # 39; the embodiment of a competitor & # 39; named and noted that she was & # 39; the second of three Ramblers to ever reach the 1,000 deaths in a career. & # 39;
& # 39; Everyone who knew Karissa was lucky to meet a special person. Although she was only teammates with 2 of our current Lady Ramblers, her legacy as Rambler and dedication helped pave the way for the current Ramblers. Karissa has laid the foundation for what we now have & # 39 ;, says Facebook post.
John Waldon, one of Tatum's high school teachers – she graduated in 2017 – wrote a tribute to her on his Facebook page.
& # 39; My heart is heavy now. The world lost a bright light, & # 39; Waldon wrote and added: & # 39; She was such a joy. What a painful loss for the LaFayette community. & # 39;
& # 39; On behalf of the Savannah State University family, I express our sincere condolences to the family of Miss Tatum & # 39 ;, said interim president Kimberly Ballard-Washington of Savannah State University in a statement from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
& # 39; As caring members of the Tiger family, let's all do everything possible to support each other in this difficult time. Keep the family in mind during this difficult time. & # 39;
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