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UGA student killed by hit-and-run driver in downtown Athens

Updated: Oct 11, 2021

By Joe Johnson

A University of Georgia student was struck and killed Saturday by a hit-and-run driver in downtown Athens.

According to Athens-Clarke County police, 20-year-old Ariana Zarse was struck by a Honda Accord at about 12:12 a.m. while she was crossing East Broad Street just east of Foundry Street.

The Honda fled the scene, police said, and Zarse was transported by ambulance to the hospital, where she died.

A friend that accompanied Zarse was not injured.

Investigators located the car involved in the incident, and on Sunday they continued attempts to determine who was driving it at the time of the fatal collision.

According to her Facebook profile, Zarse was a native of Austin, TX and was expected to graduate from UGA in 2023.

Police asked for anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Officer First Class Dustin Tilley at (762) 400-7355 or

The Incident involved the 20th traffic fatality this year in Athens-Clarke County.

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