• 2 girls killed in crash near University of Georgia

    By: Hope Jensen


    ATHENS, Ga. - A car crash near the University of Georgia killed two young woman and seriously injured a young man.

    Olivia Cox, 22, died at the scene Saturday and Megan Smith, 23, died at the hospital.

    Olivia Cox
    Olivia Cox
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    Police say 23-year-old William Maddox, a University of Georgia graduate, is in critical but stable condition at Athens Regional Medical Center.

    According to police, the Nissan was carrying Cox, Smith and Maddox, driver Madison Wilhelm and Eric Dobbs.

    Investigators said Wilhelm’s vehicle left the roadway and she overcorrected, crossing the median into northbound lanes of the Athens loop and hitting another car.

    Dobbs and Wilhelm were treated and released.

    Cox's family did not want to make a public statement until they have an opportunity to talk with the families of the others involved, but said they believe the accident was weather-related.

    They also said Wilhelm is a close friend of the girls and that this was simply a tragic accident.

    Police did not issue any citations pending the outcome of their investigation.

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