Chattanooga woman killed in Rossville after being hit by a car
WALKER COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -
A Chattanooga mother was killed on Monday night after a car hit her while crossing Highway 2 in Rossville.
Tiffany DeFriese, 29, was walking with her boyfriend near Highway 2 and Hogan Rd. around 9 p.m. when she was struck. Investigators say the driver had a green light when DeFriese attempted crossing the roadway.
Friends of DeFriese set up a roadside memorial on Tuesday morning.
"The best thing we could do was go put up a sign to let her know that we're here with you. We're thinking of you," said Carrie Rhodes. "I think we're all just trying to deal with the fact that this is really real, that this really happened."
According to Georgia State Patrol, a 2015 Ford Focus, driven by 58-year-old Joel Swafford of Flintstone, was heading east on 2 when DeFriese tried to cross the road. Investigators say the driver had a green light, and the right-of-way, and hit DeFriese in the right lane.
She was rushed to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
Close friends, like Rhodes, are having a tough time dealing with the news.
"She was a lot of fun, and just easy to talk to. You could talk to her about anything. She didn't judge anybody on anything. She was just amazing. It's really a horrible thing for her family, her friends, for us," Rhodes explained.
DeFriese leaves behind two young children -- and a large void for family and friends.
"She was so infectious. Her personality was just so bubbly. She just pulled you in and made you happy," Rhodes said, wiping away tears. "We're all going to miss that a lot."
Investigators say drugs and alcohol were not factors in the accident, and they do not plan on filing any charges against the driver