Friends and family members of Shadondria "Donya" Hunter are still trying to wrap their minds around her tragic death.
Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Josh Hedden said Hunter was struck early Tuesday, May 28, by the bumper of a vehicle traveling in the left lane on I-985 southbound near Exit 17 for Oakwood. Before the vehicle hit her, Hunter was lying on the roadway under the Atlanta Highway northbound overpass.
Georgia State Patrol currently has no updates on the investigation.
Yvette Patterson said she experienced shock and disbelief when hearing about her close friend’s death. She spoke with Hunter the night before the incident about celebrating on July 4.
“She’d come over when we had cookouts and dinner, and she would play football and basketball with the kids,” Patterson said. “She would shoot off fireworks for all the kids on the Fourth of July, and I always looked forward to it.”
Hunter had two children, one in high school and the other in elementary school, and worked at the Gold Creek Foods factory in Gainesville, Patterson said.
She describes her friend as someone who was “very outgoing, respectable and caring.”
“She loved kids and she loved the elderly,” Patterson said. “If she could help someone, she would.”
Alan Johnson, Patterson’s boyfriend, said he regularly “cut-up and joked” with Hunter.
“She would always have to have the last word,” he said.
If Hunter became troubled, Patterson said she would often call her.
“We were very close, she confided in me a lot,” Patterson said. “What I’ll miss the most about her is her warm personality and her smile.”
Joyce Clark said her cousin Hunter was a great woman who loved her family. She remembers her as “outgoing, smart and very athletic.”
“Regardless of what anyone thought of her, she lived her life the way she wanted to, and that’s what made life worth living,” Clark said. “She will truly be missed.”
Hunter’s funeral is scheduled for Monday, June 3.