UGA student hit, killed by truck after wrong-way crash

OCONEE COUNTY, Ga. — A University of Georgia student died early Friday morning after she was hit by a truck following a wrong-way crash.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Oconee County dispatchers received a 911 call at 3:50 a.m. about a wrong-way driver on the GA 10 Loop in the area of GA 316.

After crashing her car, authorities said 19-year-old Bridget Thompson got out of her car and walked into the road where she was hit and killed by a pickup truck.

"That's just out of character for Bridget to be on the road at that time of morning," said her father, Devon Thompson.


Thompson's family members in Grayson said they are devastated by the news. Bridget Thompson was supposed to be home Friday to spend the summer with her family.

"I don't know how I'm going to go on from here, it's just too much to bear," Devon Thompson said.

The victim's father said he spoke with her just 40 minutes before she died. He said she called, but didn't have much to say.

"My first question to Bridget was 'Bridget are you OK?' and she said she was," Devon Thompson said.

He said he told her to get some rest because he knew she had just finished a long semester.

Bridget was studying microbiology and wanted to be a dentist after she graduated next year.

Her family members said they need more information about how or why this happened.

"This is a girl who had so much promise," Devon Thompson said.

Channel 2's Matt Johnson learned the driver who hit Bridget stayed on the scene.

GSP is still investigating the crash.