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Ariana Zarse, 20, killed by hit-and-run driver while crossing Broad Street near Foundry Street in Athens, Georgia

Modified Date: 
Tue, 10/12/2021 - 1:42pm
Accident Date: 
Saturday, October 9, 2021

Hit-and-run driver kills 20-year-old Georgia college student crossing street, cops say

The crash occurred just before 12:15 a.m. as Ariana Zarse was attempting to cross Broad Street near Foundry Street, Athens-Clarke County police said in a release obtained by McClatchy News. Authorities said the driver of a Honda Accord traveling west on Broad Street hit Zarse and kept going.

'Positive' University of Georgia Student Dies 1 Week After Helping Raise $20K for Charity

Zarse was one of 22 fighters who competed in Delta Sigma Phi's The Classic City Showdown, WXIA reported. Approximately 1,700 people, including 10 sorority chapters, were in attendance as the fighters boxed to raise money for charity, according to a video of the event.

Zarse — who was the director of social events for Pi Beta Phi at UGA, according to her LinkedIn page — ended up winning the competition and helped raise more than $20,000 for the American Red Cross and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, per WXIA.

Athens-Clarke police identify suspect in hit-and-run crash that killed UGA student

The hit-and-run occurred at 12:12 a.m. near the railroad crossing on East Broad Street just east of Foundry Street, according to police. The gray Honda Accord was traveling west into downtown Athens when Zarse, of Austin, Texas, was hit, police said.

People Involved: 
Ariana Zarse
Athens, GA

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