DeKalb County

College freshman killed by DUI driver was home for mother's birthday, family says

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. — A college freshman home to visit her family was killed over the weekend in a wreck. The driver of the car that hit her has been charged with DUI.

Kennedy Segars, 18, was stopped at a light near her parents’ home in DeKalb County on Sunday night when a driver rear-ended her going more than 70 mph, according to police.

“Till the day I die, it will still be a pain,” her father, Marvin Segars, said. “They took my baby at 18. This is just horrible. I don’t want nobody to feel this, at all.”

Kennedy Segars was a freshman at Alabama State University and an aspiring attorney. She was visiting family on her mom's birthday Saturday.

The other driver, Reginald Stubbs, 57, survived the crash, but Kennedy Segars was pronounced dead on Monday.

“I question that all the time. Why’d you have to take her?” Marvin Segars said.


Witnesses described the wreck as a horrific scene involving at least three other cars.

"By the time he's (Stubbs) coming to, he's waking, he's realizing, like, 'I know I just messed up,'" witness Brandon Parker told Channel 2's Matt Johnson.

Parker said he was home at around 8 p.m. and rushed to pull Kennedy Segars out of her car as smoke came out of it.

“I see she’s breathing, so I’m telling everybody we gotta get her out,” Parker said.

Paramedics rushed Kennedy Segars to the hospital, but her brain injuries were too severe.

Her family believes the accused drunk driver made a choice that cannot be forgiven.

"We want him to stay behind bars forever. He took a life, so his freedom should be taken as well,” Marvin Segars said.

Stubbs is due in court Friday for an arraignment on charges of vehicular homicide, DUI and others. A judge denied him bond on Monday.

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