By: Natalie Kinstle, HCHS Tiger Times News, March 8th, 2017
35-year-old Kassandra Hollinhead has recently been killed by a hit-and-run Saturday night on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Columbus, Georgia. The driver of the fleeing car, 36-year-old Jovonne Williams, was charged with vehicular homicide. Mrs. Williams was also charged for leaving the scene of the accident, not upholding her duty to report the accident, no proof of insurance, and driving without her license.
The victim, Mrs. Hollinhead, was crossing Martin Luther King Boulevard, near Murray Street, walking home from Citgo, when she was hit. Mrs Hollinhead was pronounced dead at 10:44 p.m., of “blunt-force trauma” Muscogee County Deputy, Charles Newton, reports to source, Ledger Enquirer. Her body has been taken to Atlanta for an autopsy.
Officers were called to the scene to investigate the crime around 10 p.m. on Saturday. They stated that Mrs. Williams was driving a 1996 Chevrolet Lumina. She was heading westbound when she hit the victim with the left front of her vehicle, resulting in the victim being “tossed” into the opposing traffic lane, where she was hit once again by another car .
“We don’t look at it like she is just dead. We feel like she was killed, I feel like she was killed. So whoever did it, I really believe they should just muster it up, and just turn themselves in.” Mrs. Hollinhead’s cousin, Derrell Anthony, reported to source WTVM.
The Columbus Police Department released a report on Sunday that stated Jovonne Williams as the fleeing driver. Mrs. Williams was not arrested until she turned herself into authorities at the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office around 5:00 pm on Monday. She also had warrants for financial transaction card fraud and violation of probation.
On Sunday, Mrs. Hollinhead’s friends family gathered at the intersection where she tragically passed.
“When she approached, it’s like voila it’s like magic, that smile, and then she makes a joke or whatnot, she was a really good person when it came to her personality,” states Derrell Anthony.
“I’m trying to get mentally, cause like.. you stayed with me. You had your last meal with me. You were just talking to me. She usually would tell me she’d be back, but she didn’t tell me that last night… so I kind of looked at that as a sign…” he reported.
On Tuesday night, dozens gathered at the scene of the accident to remember Mrs. Hollinhead. A group of her co-workers organized a special candlelight service to honor her.
“I know that you and your mom are happy right now together. It happened way too soon, but you’re where you need to be right now,” Roberta Itzo, one of Kassandra Hollinhead’s co-workers, reported.
“Her spirit, she was never down, she was never upset. She was always uplifting. If you were upset, she would find a way to uplift you. She would find a way to make everyone she was around happy. Pure positivity,” she also reported.
Friends and Family are all grieving over the loss of this beautiful and bright young lady, and all are longing for justice.
Sources: Ledger Enquirer, WTVM, Wrbl News 3