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Relatives of hit-and-run victim launch gofundme pages for two funerals

Father of hit-and-run victim talks about losing his daughter

James Arthur Hollinhead sobbed uncontrollably as he talked about his daughter, Kassandra, who was struck by two vehicles and killed while crossing MLK Boulevard.
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James Arthur Hollinhead sobbed uncontrollably as he talked about his daughter, Kassandra, who was struck by two vehicles and killed while crossing MLK Boulevard.

Relatives of hit-and-run victim Kassandra “Kassie” Hollinhead launched two gofundme pages on Tuesday to raise money for separate memorial services.

One page was launched by her brother, Kemen Cromartie, raising $1, 935 of the $3,500 goal by early Wednesday afternoon. The money will be used for Hollinhead’s cremation and a memorial service that her mother’s side of the family will hold for her on March 17 for the entire community, Cromartie said.

The other page was started by Millie Hollinhead, an aunt on Hollinhead’s father’s side of the family, raising $135 of the $2,800 goal by Wednesday afternoon. The money on that page will be used for a private memorial service that is being planned by Hollinhead’s father’s side of the family, Cromartie said.

Arrangements for the community-wide funeral planned by the mother’s side of the family are still pending as relatives await the return of Hollinhead’s body from Atlanta, where it was taken for an autopsy, the brother said.

Hollinhead’s father, Arthur James Hollinhead, said Deputy Coroner Charles Newton told him the body would be transported back to Columbus Wednesday. He said his side of the family will hold their memorial service 4 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, located at 2600 7th St.

In addition to the two gofundme accounts, money also was raised at a fundraiser held at Tickle Me Tuesday at the After 5 Sports Bar Grill on Tuesday night. Cromartie said the bar will deliver the money directly to Sconiers Funeral Home, which is handling funeral arrangements for his side of the family.

Also mourning Cromartie’s death are people who worked with her at Logan Roadhouse and Speakeasy, two restaurants where she worked as a server. On Tuesday, they gathered at Martin Luther King Boulevard, where she was killed, for a candle light vigil service.

Hollinhead, 35, was struck by two vehicles and killed Saturday night while crossing Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Jovonne Williams, 36, has been charged with vehicular homicide in the hit-and-run, and is scheduled to appear in court 2 p.m. Wednesday. She also was charged with one count each of leaving the scene of an accident, no proof of insurance, duty to report an accident, and driving without a license.

To donate to the gofundme page launched by Cromartie, go to www.gofundme.com/sending-kassie-home.

To donate to the gofundme page launched by Millie Hollinhead, go to www.gofundme.com/kasandra-michelle-hollinhead.

Alva James-Johnson: 706-571-8521, @amjreporter

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