LaFayette community mourning after Savannah State volleyball player dies while evacuating Hurricane
Two Georgia communities, 400 miles apart, are mourning the death of a 21-year-old college student and volleyball standout. Karissa Grace Tatum, of LaFayette Georgia, died from her injuries sustained in a vehicle crash while leaving Savannah State University ahead of Hurricane Dorian approaching the Georgia coast, according to various media reports. Tatum and other students at Savannah State University were forced to evacuate campus Sunday.
While on I-16, Tatum's vehicle hydroplaned and slammed into a tree, according to WSAV, a Savannah news station. She later died from her injuries at Memorial Health University Medical Center. The junior mass communications major, who had just turned 21 two weeks ago, was a standout volleyball player at Savannah State and had an huge volleyball career at LaFayette High School in Walker County before signing with Savannah State. Tatum is survived by her parents, LeAnne and Jerry Tatum. Funeral arrangements were pending late Friday.