Friday, August 29 2014, 07:35 PM EDT
Mourning in Murray County Continues for 4 Crash Victims
Four families now forced to plan funerals. And a small town shaken up after last night's horrible crash on Old CCC Camp Road in Murray County.
Georgia State Patrol says 18-year-old River Sosebee was driving his 2006 Nissan Titan truck on Old CCC Camp Road when he lost control. Sosebee's truck went off the road, down a ditch, and collided with 57 year old Bryan Bartley, who was on a riding lawnmower. Bartley was killed on impact.
The crash's lone survivor, Alexis Pinson, is now in fair condition at Erlanger.
"It's one of those things especially with the start of the school year that really gets to your heart and you wish nobody go through this," said Greg Linder, athletic director for North Murray High School.
Linder says he knew Sosesbee and 17-year-old Josh Roberts, two of those killed in Thursday evening's crash. He says they were both rising juniors at Murray County high and played football their freshman year.
Tonight's first game is going to be tough, but everyone is trying to be positive, in spite of their grief.
"Games like this can be somewhat healing and it can bring people together and kind of giving a distraction for a short time with things going on," Linder said.
According to River's Facebook page, he was in a relationship with Alexis Pinson, who was also riding in this now destroyed truck. School officials say she went to Mountain Creek academy.
The other backseat passenger, 18-year-old Chelsie Hullender was planning on being a veterinarian, according to her Facebook page. She went to North Murray County High School.
Linder says he is praying for all of the families and hoping for a speedy recovery for Pinson to fully recover.
"Anytime you have news like that it gets to you, deep down inside. Anytime you have a tragedy like this."