Friends, schoolmates remembering teen killed in wreck

by: Diana Davis Updated:

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LUMPKIN COUNTY, Ga. - Students at a north Georgia high school are remembering a classmate killed over the weekend in a car crash.

Counselors comforted students and staff at Lumpkin High over the loss of sophomore Annah Robinson. She was 16.

One counselor told Channel 2's Diana Davis he's known Annah since middle school.

"It's a very hard thing when we lose someone as precious as Annah Robinson was," said counselor Alan Hogan.

"There's a lot of grief today and a lot of sorrow," added Lumpkin County School Superintendent Dewey Moye.

Six counselors were on hand at the school Tuesday to comfort students and staff.

Robinson was killed Saturday night. Her sister Emily was critically injured when the Ford Mustang they were riding in went over an embankment and hit a tree.

"We're very concerned about all the kids in the accident and doing all we can to support them and their families," Moye said.

The driver, Forrest Blake, 18, was Annah's boyfriend and was not seriously injured in the incident.

The Georgia State Patrol says alcohol and drugs were not involved. It is investigating to see if Blake was speeding.

Hogan told Davis that Blake called him Monday and is very distraught.

A memorial outside the school for Annah was covered Tuesday with messages of love and support.

Those in the small community are thinking about all three teens, including Annah's younger sister Emily. Her parents, both teachers, are at her side at Childrens' Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston.

Both of Emily's legs were broken in the wreck.

"My understanding was that there was some bleeding on the brain I think all that is kind of under control and the prognosis is good at the time," Moye said.

One of Annah's teachers told Davis everyone knew her. She was a cheerleader, active in chorus and a peer mentor for younger students.

"Annah is one of the most delightful young ladies that I have known, I don't know many people who didn't love her," Hogan said

Now the Dahlonega community is trying to make sense of a loss that doesn't make any sense, writing cards and letters to the family and planning a memorial

"When we lose somebody like that, we're destroyed and we are wondering why," said Hogan.

Though the school is concentrating on supporting the Robinson family, Hogan told Davis that the school will try to make the crash a learning lesson about driving safety for students.

"Students are already talking to each other about being careful with what they do with driving," Hogan said.

The family is making funeral arrangements. There will be a memorial at the school early next week.



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