Friends, co-workers remember Columbia Co. teen killed in crash

Jordan White (WRDW-TV)
Jordan White (WRDW-TV)
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News 12 First at Five / Friday, Sept. 14, 2012

EVANS, Ga. -- Investigators in Columbia County say it could be six weeks before we know if a driver involved in a deadly crash had been drinking.

The accident happened Wednesday night on Washington Road at its intersection with Ronald Reagan Drive.

Deputies say the driver of a pickup truck ran a red light and slammed into a car carrying a college student and two passengers.

Friends tell News 12 that Jordan White had just left the Columbia County library where she was with her boyfriend and friends. On Friday afternoon, her boyfriend is still in ICU.

Her friends are stunned.

"Jordan was the most beautiful girl you'd ever meet. She had the biggest smile," said Jordan's friend, Austin Effler.

Brittany Roders worked with Jordan at Firehouse Subs.

"Bubbly, very bubbly. She was always really happy," she said.

Hailey Jameson also worked with Jordan.

"She was probably one of the happiest people that worked here," Jameson said.

Meanwhile, another friend, Alexis Mendez, remembered her.

"Never failed to make me smile or laugh," she said.

Whether you ask her co-workers at Firehouse Subs or closest friends, everyone describes 19-year-old Jordan the same way: full of life.

On Thursday, Jordan died after an accident sent her to the hospital.

"We were with her five minutes before she got into the wreck," said Laura Kerwin.

On Wednesday, Jordan, her boyfriend, Corey Davis, and a friend were hanging with a group outside the library.

"We had to go home, it was about 11:30, and she left right behind us and we just happen to go a different route," Kerwin said.

As Jordan took a left off Ronald Reagan, deputies say that's when the driver of a truck ran a red light and slammed into her Honda Accord.

Deputies say the driver, Luckey Jackson, may have been drinking. News 12 went by his home Friday. His work car was there, but we got no answer.

"I'm still in a state of shock. I almost have nothing left to give; it just hurts so bad," Effler said.

Laney Rauch had known Jordan since they were 8 years old.

"When I look at her pictures, it's hard to believe that she's gone," she said.

Pictures that go back more than 11 years for Laney with her best friend.

“It's just something you have to be strong about to get over, but it’s really hard," Mendez said.

News 12 spoke to several of her friends, all of them eager to talk about her with pride.

We spoke to her father, Joe White, as well. He says he lost his best friend this week and says she was the most beautiful girl.

Investigators tell News 12 the results of a toxicology test could take as long as 8 weeks. This all boils down to funding and lack of resources causing a backlog of cases.

News 12 asked if Jackson could be booked on charges of running a red light or homicide by vehicle, investigators say they'd prefer to iron out all of the charges, which would include DUI pending toxicology results, before making an arrest.

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