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UGA Graduate Student And Cyclist Dies In Car Accident

Ashley Block UGA

Ashley Block, a University of Georgia graduate student, was one of three UGA students who were hit by a Jeep while cycling in Athens, GA. Although the two other cyclists involved in the accident were seriously injured, Ashley is thought to have died instantly.

Who Was Ashley?

Ashley was from Minneapolis, MN and was studying Anthropology while at UGA.


What Happened?

Block and her two cycling friends, Mitchell Enfinger and Brian Molloy, were cycling in east Athens, GA on Athena Drive, when 31-year-old Whitney Baker Howard drove across the center dividing line on the highway and struck all three cyclists. Police say that Howard told them that she was driving under the influence of prescription drugs and that she also had been talking on her cell phone.

Howard has been charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, serious injury by vehicle, driving under the influence, DUI endangerment, failure to maintain a lane, and distracted driving.

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