STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) — Two Georgia Southern students were killed in a head-on collision early Sunday morning.
According to Georgia State Patrol (GSP), the crash happened just after 2 a.m. on I-16 in Laurens County.
Jack “Deacon” Harris, 20, of Kennesaw, Georgia and Garrett Harris, 18, of Dallas, Georgia were traveling eastbound on the interstate when a vehicle traveling westbound on the eastbound lane struck them.
The Harris’ vehicle caught fire and both died at the scene.
GSP officials say the driver of the other vehicle, Jared Adler of Sandy Springs, was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.
A statement from the Harris’ parents, Jack Harris and Dan and Crystal Johnson, was released to News 3 on Tuesday afternoon:
Our two oldest children, Deacon and Garrett Harris, were tragically taken from us Sunday morning. They were on their way back to Georgia Southern University after celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with us.
We are an incredibly close knit family and their bond as brothers was unbreakable. Their passing has left us and their siblings, Walker, Natalie, and Ryder, as well as their extended family utterly devastated.
We have been overwhelmed with love and support from our local Acworth community, the Georgia Southern community, and countless friends and family from around the country. We ask that you respect the privacy of our family as we process and deal with this tragedy.
Jack was a junior at the university and Garrett was a freshman.
The following statement was released on behalf of Georgia Southern University:
The Georgia Southern University community is saddened to learn of the accident that resulted in the loss of two of our students, Garrett Harris and Jack Deacon Harris. Our deepest sympathies go out to their family and friends and our thoughts are with them during this time. Counseling is available for our students as we all grieve this tragedy.
To help pay for funeral expenses, a GoFundMe page has been set up for the Harris brother’s family: http://bit.ly/2Bv5Tx2
Over half of the $24,000 fundraising goal has been reached.
This story is developing. News 3 will continue to bring you further updates.