Mourning the loss of Olivia Kate Pugh, a Harrison High School student, in a tragic accident in Cobb County, GA. Reflect on Olivia’s life through her heartfelt obituary, remembering her impact on the Harrison High School community.
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A beloved Harrison High School student with a bright future ahead of him was tragically run over and killed by a suspected disabled driver earlier this month. Olivia Pugh, 17, died on December 10, two days after being hit by a car while crossing the street with her friends.
Olivia, born on Valentine’s Day 2006, was actively involved in many school clubs and organizations and excelled in difficult classes. As Beta Club president, top-scoring National Honor Society member, and Key and Spark Club participant, Olivia immerses herself in campus life.
This motivated student also spent time at his Chick-fil-A job while taking numerous honors and Advanced Placement courses.
Friends said Olivia lit up any room with her infectious smile and laughter. Teachers recall her kindness, warmth and work ethic uplifting those around her. Her ambition and determination propel Olivia towards a limitless future.
At around 8.20pm on December 8, Olivia was crossing the pedestrian crossing on Ben King Road with other teenagers when tragedy struck. According to a police report, a red 2017 GMC Acadia driven by 68-year-old Jerome Cox drove straight into the students.
Olivia was thrown into a wooded area along the road upon impact. First responders took her to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital in critical condition. Sadly, the AP Scholar passed away from psychological trauma on December 10.
Arrest warrants reveal that Jerome Cox had obvious signs of impaired driving when police arrived on the scene. The driver was bloodshot, tearful, slurred his speech and smelled of alcohol.
State Police Trooper Cox admitted to drinking three beers at a Christmas party before getting behind the wheel that fateful evening. He refused a field sobriety test and a legal blood draw after receiving a search warrant.
As a result, Cox faces charges including driving under the influence, reckless driving and vehicular homicide in the first degree. He remains jailed without bond.
The tragic passing of Olivia Pugh and the enormous potential cut short have devastated the Harrison High School community.
One administrator shared, “Olivia exemplifies everything that is right about student leadership. Her ambition to succeed is matched only by her compassion for others.” Students flooded social media with tributes honoring their beloved friend.
Grief counselors are available to assist during this difficult time. However, the irreplaceable void left by Olivia’s absence will remain for many years to come on campus and throughout Cobb County.
In Olivia’s memory, her family established the Olivia Pugh Memorial Scholarship Fund. Proceeds from the tax-deductible fund will support future Harrison High School students who embody Olivia’s work ethic and drive to excel.
Donations can be made through the family’s GoFundMe page, with 100% of the funds going to ambitious, community-minded students through memorial scholarships.
While nothing can replace Olivia’s loss, supporting her scholarship fund will help preserve her legacy of service and inspiring achievements. Students like Olivia shape brighter futures for all of us as their limitless potential is nurtured.
Although her time with us ended too soon, Olivia Pugh’s great ambition, her caring spirit and her enduring hope live on in the many lives she touched.