Jenkins County teen killed in crash south of Millen
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A crash south of Millen has claimed the life of a Jenkins County teen. Katie Hawes, a 16 year-old sophomore at Jenkins County High School, was attempting a U-turn in the southbound lanes of Highway 25, just 5 miles outside of Millen when she was rear-ended by a pickup truck. After being rear-ended, Hawes' vehicle was thrown into the Northbound lanes, flipping multiple times, and then struck on the driver's side by a tractor trailer. Hawes was airlifted to Memorial Hospital in Savannah where she later succumbed to her injuries.
"Katie Hawes was just an all-around awesome person and athlete. She was naturally talented in everything she did, no matter what it was. I had the pleasure of being Hawes' World Histoty teacher this year and coaching her in tennis. Hawes and I had many conversations about continuing her tennis career after she graduated high school. She could have done it. She will be truly missed." Brian Lawson, Hawes' World History teacher and tennis coach told WJBF earlier today.
Katie was very well-known in Millen and surrounding counties for being outstanding in the classroom and on the field or court. She participated in many sports and clubs. Hawes was a member of the JCHS Varsity softball team, basketball team, cross country team, tennis team, track team, and she was also a member of the cheerleading squad. Hawes also participated on the chess team, math team, and was a member of the BETA Club, Rotary Club, and was a sophomore class leader in her local FCA Chapter. Katie received first team all-region recognition in softball as a freshman and sophomore, and was MVP as a freshman on her varsity basketball team. Katie was also voted onto the homecoming court by her classmates as a sophomore. She was active in the youth group at Millen Baptist Church.
"Katie was very polite and well raised, she was so loved. She will be missed so greatly by many. Just please keep her family and our school and city in your thoughts any prayers. She was known and loved by everyone everywhere, but she was especially loved by her dear friends in our school." Rob Gray, principal of Jenkins County High School told WJBF.
Funeral arrangements have not yet been made. You can send all memorials and donations to Millen Baptist Church in Millen.