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Aimee Odom Obituary, 21-year-old Cartersville resident identified as Bartow County I-75 crash victim

Aimee Odom Obituary – The burial of the 21-year-old individual from Cartersville who tragically lost their life in a multi-vehicle accident on Interstate 75 in Bartow County on May 19 will take place on Friday, May 24.

Aimee Odom, originally from Rome, attended Cartersville High School where she actively participated in various activities such as golf, basketball, track, and the yearbook. She was also a member of the Bartow/Etowah High School Civil Air Patrol, as stated in her obituary.

At the time of her passing, Odom was pursuing a major in UX design at Kennesaw State University and held two part-time jobs—one at Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville and the other at Bentwater Golf Club in Acworth. Known for her love of people of all ages, Odom was a cherished member of the Cartersville community. She had a passion for traveling and even learned to fly a plane before she could drive a car. Additionally, she enjoyed activities such as snow skiing, fishing, and horseback riding.

According to Allyson Gray, Aimee’s best friend, she was an incredibly warm-hearted individual whom anyone would be lucky to meet. Gray expressed that Odom held a special place in her heart and always will. Another close friend, McClain Knight, described Aimee as an extraordinary person who consistently wore a smile on her face.

The crash, which occurred just before 6 p.m. near Red Top Mountain Road, resulted in the loss of four lives. The Georgia State Patrol reported that a Kia van traveling north on the interstate veered off the road and entered the southbound lanes, colliding with a Chevy Tahoe and a Toyota 4Runner. Subsequently, a commercial vehicle struck the Kia and Toyota, while a Hyundai SUV collided with the rear of the Chevy.

Aimee Odom was driving the Toyota 4Runner, while the other three victims were occupants of the Kia van. All four individuals were residents of Cartersville. The authorities identified them as Dakari Mason (43 years old), Erin Mason (35 years old), and Brandon Crawford (14 years old). Dakari Mason served as a civil employee of the Holly Springs Police Department, and Brandon Crawford was a student at Hamilton Crossing Elementary School. Additionally, two other juveniles were present in the Kia, along with one adult and one juvenile in the Hyundai. The driver of the Chevy Tahoe was also involved in the incident.

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