Man charged in hit and run killing Ethan Pringle

SAVANNAH, Ga. – A 26-year-old student killed in a hit and run incident has one local university in mourning.

“It’s kind of hard to believe,” Fatima Berry, an Armstrong State University student, said. “One minute he’s there and the next minute he’s gone.”

Ethan Pringle was struck by a car on US-17 in Jasper County, S.C., just before the Georgia state line. It happened around 5 o’clock Saturday morning when Pringle was walking south on the highway when the car, headed southbound, hit him. Pringle was rushed to the hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The man had got away, but WSAV learned Tuesday police arrested and charged Robert G. Collum III of Rincon, Ga. with hit and run.

“It’s really weird just knowing that you’re not going to see him again,” Berry said.

Pringle was a senior with a major in English at Armstrong State University. He worked with several other students in the Literature, Language and Philosophy Department.

“He was just elected, or appointed, to their student advisory board and I know he was involved in different groups with his classes as well,” Andrew Deese, Dean of Students, said.

“He was just a really sweet guy. I know a lot of my friends knew him better. Everyone just had the consensus that he was a really nice, really good guy.”

Faculty and students posted comments on the Armstrong LLP Facebook page expressing the type of guy Pringle was and how shocked they are about his death.

It’s a tragedy school officials are ready help with in any way possible.

“Students deal with grief in their own ways and deal with death in their own ways and just making sure that if they do need to talk to somebody that they know who to go to,” Dies said.

The investigation is still ongoing. Police are working to get the full details of what happened that Saturday morning.

If you have any further information you’re asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIMESC.

Friends of Ethan Pringle say he was known for his generosity to the homeless and to keep his legacy alive, they’r raising money for the Old Savannah City Mission in his honor.

The Old Savannah City Mission has what is called a, “bargain center.” They sell clothes, but whatever is left over is sent to people in need in Third World countries.

But they need a scale to help them determine how much they should get paid for the clothes they’re sending.

The scale costs $1,200.00, and so far friends, family, and generous strangers have been able to help raise more than $2,000.00 so far.

But they still encourage you to donate, as the mission will use the money to stocking their kitchen and fulfill other needs. Click here to donate. You can also visit the Facebook page here.

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