By Elizabeth Lanier
A tragic accident on Interstate 20 took the life of 19-year-old Emily Ann Roberson on June 2 at 11:50 a.m. According to the Georgia State Patrol, Roberson was traveling west on Interstate 20 at mile marker 120. Traffic was heavy due to a lane closure ahead, reports state. Roberson’s vehicle struck the rear of the vehicle in front of her, and she was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to The Augusta Chronicle, Roberson was an Augusta native, daughter to Cliff and Paula Roberson. Her siblings are Tyler Patrick Roberson, Caroline Ramey Roberson, and Samuel Clifford Roberson. She was a student at Georgia College and State University where she was a Young Life Leader and very involved in church and the community. Roberson attended Augusta Christian Schools (ACS) where she graduated as a member of the Class of 2016. She was involved in her school during her time at ACS, playing basketball, soccer, and cheering.
Roberson’s funeral was held on Tuesday, June 6, in the Worship Center at Warren Baptist Church with Rev. David Dillard and Pastor Bobby Smith officiating the service. The burial was followed in Westover Memorial Park.
Augusta Christian School’s Facebook page wrote, “ACS Class of 2016 and Augusta Christian Schools will host a Balloon Release Service to honor and remember Emily Roberson on Friday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. on the ACS Football Field. Everyone who knew and loved Emily is invited to attend.” They also went on to encourage everyone who knew and loved Emily to wear bright colors to the visitation and funeral to represent “her bright and cheery personality.”
The Augusta Chronicle provided a place where people may make donations if they wish to, “Memorial contributions may be made to Augusta Christian Mission Trips at 313 Baston Rd., Martinez, GA 30907.”
Roberson is the second teenager to die in a car wreck this year from Augusta Christian School.
Back in March, Augusta Christian School suffered another tragic loss with the passing of 17-year-old Andrew Passmore, who died during a car accident.