Albany State student killed in coastal car crash

Mariah Myers

Mariah Myers

ALBANY, Ga. — An Albany State University graduate student was fatally injured in a car crash in McIntosh County along the Georgia coast Tuesday evening, according to reports.

The Darien News reported that four people, including 23-year old Mariah Myers, were involved in a head-on collision Tuesday at Ellison Hill on Highway 99 between Briar Patch and Eulonia just before 7 p.m.

The three others involved in the crash were seriously injured while Myers died at the scene, the publication reported.

Myers’ Facebook page shows that she worked at Albany State as a student office assistant, was a 2011 graduate of the university and was enrolled in the institution’s Early Childhood Education graduate program.

Vickie Oldham, a spokeswoman for ASU, said that officials were saddened by the news, which came just ahead of the Thanksgiving Day holiday.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family over this tragic news,” ASU President Everette Freeman said in a statement.

Officials with the university confirm that Myers received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Albany State in December 2011. She had pre-registered for her final three courses of the master’s program and was on track to receive her degree in May 2013. She was employed at Baby World Daycare Center as a Pre-K teacher.

“She was very nurturing, caring and held high expectations for her students,” Kimberly Suress Gaiters-Fields, the school’s dean of education, said in a statement upon word of Myers’ death. “After being employed, she enthusiastically spent a considerable amount of time with our director of field and clinical experiences, Ms. Carver, selecting suitable material for her classroom and determining developmentally appropriate practices for her student population. It was this type of commitment to preparation, self-reflection, and student achievement that helped Mariah to be successful in her chosen career field.

“Mariah was very enthusiastic about her work with children, particularly the development of young girls. As such, she served as the president of the Albany State University Girl Scouts and helped the troop to thrive. Keeping in line with her desire to learn and serve, Mariah was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. As an undergraduate student, she was also involved in the following clubs and organizations: The Anointed ASU Gospel Choir — vice president, Habitat for Humanity — chaplin, and Divine Visions — outreach mentor.

“The College of Education mourns the loss of a student who had truly realized her potential.”

Myers was driving westward on the roadway with her mother, Claudia Myers, when they were involved in a collision with a Crown Victoria headed east that was being driven by Tim Scott of Crescent, according to reports.

The newspaper reported that witnesses stated that Scott was passing vehicles at a high rate of speed when the impact occurred. He and his passenger, Andre Jackson of Meridian, were life-flighted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah while Claudia Myers was taken there by ambulance.

Original Story:

EULONIA, Ga. — An Albany resident was killed near the Georgia Coast Tuesday in a car crash that seriously injured three others.

The Darien News reports that Mariah Myers, 23, was killed in a head-on collision on Highway 99 just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night.

Myers mother, Claudia, was also seriously injured, as was the driver of the other vehicle, Tim Scott of Crescent, Ga., and his passenger Andre Jackson, of Meridian, Ga., the paper reports.

The paper reports that Scott and Jackson were life-flighted to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah and Claudia Myers was transported there by ambulance.

According to her Facebook page, Myers worked at ASU as a student office assistant, was enrolled in graduate school for Early Childhood Education and was a 2011 graduate of Albany State.

Tributes from her ASU family have inundated her Facebook page.


Parent 2 years, 2 months ago

So sorry to hear this! Prayers for the family!


FryarTuk 2 years, 2 months ago

Very tragic. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.


bubbasmithredneck 2 years, 2 months ago

very sad at this time of the year......


Clif 2 years, 2 months ago

Such a tragic loss. Very sad time for all who are touched by this incident, especially her family. My prayers are for them all.


Cartman 2 years, 2 months ago

May God comfort her family during this time of their loss.


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