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Representation. The lights of a police car. Police continue to investigate the Thanksgiving Day crash that claimed the life of a former volleyball player from Creekview High School. diegoparra/Pixabay


  • The driver of an F-150 struck the family's SUV, killing the father and daughter
  • The mother and younger daughter were hospitalized but expected to be recover
  • The other driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

An 18-year-old college student was killed along with her father in a crash in Cherokee County, Georgia, on Thanksgiving morning.

Alivia Mynes, 18, and her 52-year-old father Chris Mynes, both of Canton, died in the crash. Chris' wife Jennifer and their youngest daughter Sydney, who were also in the car when the crash occurred, were hospitalized but are expected to recover.

The Mynes family was traveling west on Knox Bridge Highway near Scott Hudgens Drive at around 11:30 a.m. Thursday, WSB-TV reported, citing the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office.

Alivia, who was home visiting her family for the holiday, was riding in the backseat of their SUV while her father was driving when the driver of an F-150 heading east crossed the center line and struck the family's car, according to deputies.

The pickup truck driver, a 24-year-old from Canton, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, deputies said. The other driver was not identified in the report.

Two other cars were also involved in the crash, but no one in those vehicles was injured.

The accident remains under investigation.

Alivia was a former volleyball standout at Creekview High School and had just finished her freshman season at Bryan College in Tennessee, according to the Creekview volleyball team.

"Alivia was loved by many and will be remembered for her kind, sweet, beautiful spirit," the Creekview volleyball team posted on social media. "Chris was a devoted father to his two daughters and the love of Jennifer's life."

A GoFundMe page was put up to help support the Mynes family.

In another Thanksgiving Day incident, three people were killed and two others were injured in a crash along Interstate 79 in West Virginia, the Associated Press reported, citing authorities.

The vehicle carrying two adults and three children was traveling from Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, to Kentucky when the crash occurred early Thursday near Elkview north of Charleston, according to a news release from the Kanawha County Sheriff's Office.

The SUV went off the right side of the roadway, entered and left a ditch line, and came to rest along a hillside.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

Two adult women, Nighat Syeda, 71, and Hira Syeda, 33, were killed along with a child.

Two other kids were brought to a hospital and were in serious condition, according to the sheriff's office.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation by authorities.

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Representational image (Source: Pixabay / blickpixel) An 18-year-old girl and her father died after their SUV collided with a truck in a Thanksgiving Day crash