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Riverside Military Academy student dies in Duluth pedestrian accident

Second student involved in incident back on campus

POSTED: March 5, 2014 11:03 p.m.

Riverside Military Academy officials have confirmed an 18-year-old student has died from injuries sustained in a pedestrian accident.

Two cadets were crossing Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Duluth around 10 p.m. Friday when a car struck them.

“One cadet suffered a concussion and broken leg and is now back on campus in the infirmary,” Adriane Seymour, director of communications and public relations, said. “The other remained at Gwinnett Medical Center on life support until his family arrived from China.”

The student was declared dead Tuesday.

“Neither the driver nor a following witness saw the boys before the accident,” Seymour said. “According to them, the light was green. The driver also passed a field sobriety test.”

Maj. Donald Woodruff, public information officer with the Duluth Police Department, said the incident report was not complete.

According to Seymour, the deceased student’s parents are in Atlanta and are working with the school to plan a memorial service before returning to China.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss,” school president Col. James Benson said. “He was a fine young man who just joined the Corps of Cadets in January.”

Benson said the school will host the student’s family for a Friday memorial service.


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