Intern helped friends before fatal collision

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A governor's aide from Augusta was helping friends as a designated driver early Saturday when he was killed by another motorist now charged with DUI.

Co-workers told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Jordan Griner, 24, an intern for Gov. Sonny Perdue, had just dropped off his last friend at 4 a.m. when his vehicle was struck by a woman police say was drunk.

Griner and his friends had been celebrating both the end of their six-month government fellowships and Griner's selection for another fellowship with the state's chief financial officer.

"He volunteered to be the designated driver ... make sure everybody got home safe," Patrick Smith, the last friend Griner dropped off before heading home, told the Atlanta newspaper. "I thanked him for being a safe driver, for driving me home," Smith said. "And then he drove two blocks farther and was killed."

Griner was not far from his Atlanta apartment when, police say, Christa Scott, 26, of Newnan, Ga., ran a red light, striking his car. Scott had a blood-alcohol level of 0.229, police said. The legal limit in Georgia is 0.08.

Scott was taken to the Fulton County Jail and charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, DUI and reckless driving.

Perdue released a statement late Saturday, saying: "Jordan Griner excelled in a variety of roles over the past few months, and our entire Governor's Office family will deeply miss his enthusiastic smile, joyful personality and willingness to help others. He was loved by both staff and his fellow interns, and Mary and I are deeply saddened by this sudden loss."

Griner was a 2004 graduate of Cross Creek High School and graduated in 2008 from the University of Georgia, where he served on the Judiciary Committee. He served in the Office of the Governor in Constituent Services, working directly with Perdue in numerous capacities.

The family will receive friends today and Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Elliott Sons Funeral Home, 2524 Lumpkin Road.

The funeral will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home with Rabbi Don Lansing officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to The Humane Society of the United States, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 in his memory.

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redapples
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redapples 06/20/10 - 06:13 pm
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This is just so tragic. Why

This is just so tragic. Why do people continue to drink and drive?! Why?!

kklauscpht01
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kklauscpht01 06/20/10 - 06:49 pm
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Jordan, Im missing you

Jordan, Im missing you already buddy. Keep smiling down on us.

disssman
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disssman 06/20/10 - 07:09 pm
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Redapples they continue to do

Redapples they continue to do it because 1. We don't confiscate the vehicle. 2. We don't make them serve the same sentence as a Murder. And the reason we don't is all the lawmakers (ha) are probably doing it.

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Taylor B 06/20/10 - 07:18 pm
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Confiscation of vehicle isn't

Confiscation of vehicle isn't going to work, most people don't fully own the vehicle they drive.

pommom38
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pommom38 06/20/10 - 07:22 pm
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This story is the worst irony

This story is the worst irony possible. The young man died way to young helping other's so that they would not harm anyone, and someone else who couldn't careless about other's killed him.
I really pray that this woman will pay for his death!
Well Taylor, if they don't own the vehicle, then that is there problem. The creditor can get their vehicle back, and the criminal can go w/o.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/20/10 - 08:27 pm
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Confiscating the vehicle

Confiscating the vehicle doesn nothing, just like suspending a license does nothing either. They do it over and over. Why not keep doing it, the punishment isn't that bad to an immoral loser who thinks it is ok to do it to start with. Especially if its not this womans first dui, she should be charged with murder. I'm so sick of these bleeding hearts and these lax laws that cost innocent people their lives rather than punishing the waste of flesh criminals appropriately.

Nativeson1
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Nativeson1 06/20/10 - 08:45 pm
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The reason drunk drives

The reason drunk drives continuously get behind the wheel is because they aren't charged with capital murder when they kill...

rmajor
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rmajor 06/20/10 - 09:19 pm
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Well they need to make it

Well they need to make it capital murder. This sweet, young man did not have to die. This is just painful. This is just painful. He was doing a honorable thing and this person took his life. It's just so wrong.

angeleyes
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angeleyes 06/20/10 - 09:26 pm
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So, so sad. I feel so sorry

So, so sad. I feel so sorry for his family. I hope the dummy that was driving drunk has to spend her life behind bars. With his pics hanging in her cell. That way this would be a reminder of a dumb choice she made.

marie21
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marie21 06/20/10 - 10:33 pm
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People drink and drive

People drink and drive because they are idiots and don't care about anybody else but themselves. When they kill someone this should be considered murder!!!! They should go to jail for many, many years. There is absolutely no excuse for this. There is no way to excuse this away.

kklauscpht01
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kklauscpht01 06/20/10 - 10:43 pm
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Jordan was a friend of mine

Jordan was a friend of mine from back in high school. The description they give in this story of him is 100% accurate. He always cared for others, was always looking out for us. I was struggling with my weight one time (trivial, i know) but Jordan, without me even asking for his help, knew I was trying to lose weight, and he stepped up and helped me. He was a great and loyal friend. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. His mother (in a phone interview with the AJC) said that this girl is sitting in jail, while she had to pick out a box for her son. It's just not right. She's right! This girl is sitting in jail comfortably with 3 meals a day because she was stupid and made the decision to drive while drunk. While this family is grieving over his loss, they are also paying to support this girl. It just not right. Its not fair either.

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opinionated princess 06/20/10 - 11:54 pm
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This is so tragic...the worst

This is so tragic...the worst thing is that this happens so much, sadly this is hopefully a wake up call to our state to make stronger rules and sentences for drunk driving. I'm sure this was not her first time driving drunk either...what kind of jerk even thinks of getting into a car that drunk anyway. I wish everyone had the decency that Jordan had and would make sure there is a sober person to drive home. There should be more people like that. My prayers go out to the family, and I hope that Christa gets the harshest sentencing possible...sadly it won't be harsh enough.

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soldout 06/21/10 - 07:42 am
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It goes beyond why drink and

It goes beyond why drink and drive. The question is why drink? If we need to drink to celebrate an event or relax or be social then we have some type of problem. God gave a wonderful mind that doesn't need an altered state to be able to enjoy life to the max. Drinking serves zero purpose but to increase the risk of something going wrong. We have a society that accepts some drugs and has laws against others. Your mind is awesome and you can't improve it with any type of drug; you can only hurt it short and long term. Society promotes drinking as cool instead of attacking it and all the sorrw it brings.

peonynut
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peonynut 06/21/10 - 08:27 am
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No good deed goes unpunished.

No good deed goes unpunished.

miisskrys
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miisskrys 06/21/10 - 09:24 am
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Me and Jordan were friends in

Me and Jordan were friends in High school, he went to the military ball with my sister. Jordan was such a positive and joyful young man. this is tragic... goes to show even if you don't drink and drive there are those still out there who are, and they are the ones that are going to make those who obey the laws suffer. This could have been prevented. The penalty for those who do kill someone because they decided to drink and then get behind the wheel is NOT harsh enough. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Jillian
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Jillian 06/21/10 - 09:50 am
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This is so tragic. However,

This is so tragic. However, once a person decides to go out and drink they have to know the chances of this happening to them is high. One reason it happens so much is because those who do it are allowed to do a few days in jail after a 2nd or 3rd offense get out and do the same thing again.

We are far too lax on drunk drivers. Why does a young man with so much potential think alcohol is necessary to celebrate anyhow?? It's what society teaches kids at an early age. They don't show the bodies in the morgue because of alcohol.

RoadKing09
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RoadKing09 06/21/10 - 10:42 am
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Would you rather be killed by

Would you rather be killed by someone on a cell phone or driving while drunk? You may be killed or maimed by either.

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Dixieman 06/21/10 - 12:36 pm
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Tragic!! Lock up the perp.

Tragic!! Lock up the perp.

whocarestoday
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whocarestoday 06/21/10 - 12:55 pm
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May God be with both families

May God be with both families for they have both suffered a great loss. We as a society will continue to suffer these losses if we continue to treat the symptoms instead of the cause.

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countyman 06/21/10 - 01:09 pm
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My prayers go out to his

My prayers go out to his family and friends. Two schools who happen to be near each other. Cross Creek and Hephzibah both lost a former student to a car accident recently.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/21/10 - 03:57 pm
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Drunk drivers should be

Drunk drivers should be charges with murder. They knew 100% before they even choose to drink that night that there is a good chance they will drive drunk if they do not make arrangements ahead of time. Especially a repeat offender. A drunk driver changed our lives forever and put another young lady in a wheelchair changing her families life forever. Thank God she has made a full recovery, but still he had 4 prior dui's and still didn't get jail time for this one either. It literally takes killing someone before a sorry low life waste of flesh drunk driver is punished. Even then they still get a slap on the wrist. Cold blooded murder is what it is. Drunk driving is no different than loading your gun and shooting into a crowd with your eyes closed. You may not have intended to specifically kill someone, but you knew that what would happen if you choose to do that. Drunk drivers know they can kill someone but do not care and neither do our law makers or they wouldnt let these losers get away with it. Repeat drunk drivers are dangerous violent criminals and repeat offenders should either be locked up for life to protect innocent people or put out of everyone elses misery. They care nothing about the lives of anyone and I hope every one of them only kill themselves through their stupidity and not innocent people. Ever notice the drunk scum never get hurt? The family of the victims should decide their fate. I absolutely hate drunk drivers, once is a bad choice any more than that you are an immoral waste of flesh this world could do without.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 06/21/10 - 04:54 pm
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Here is a perfect example.

Here is a perfect example. The loser they just arrested for breaking into the school and stealing, Bobby Dean johnson. One dui in Feb, got no jail and 12 months probabtion, got another dui less than 3 months later and only pulled 14 days. 14 days for repeat offender, dui, and violating probation. Had no license either dui. Probation to run consecutive with the prior. What a joke. Maybe first dui a misdemeanor not to ruin a young persons life over 1 bad choice, but why isn't at least repeat offenses felonies?? I dont want to see anyone killed, but its going to take some powerful law makers to lose some family members to these repeat offenders before anyone stiffens the laws. Either that or we as a cummity have to demand them to be changed. What has MADD done? Obviously not much, where is their outrage in the joke sentences these wastes of flesh get? The community and law makers care more about preventing someone from smoking outdoors than they do stopping these murderers. People have their priorities all messed up. You get caught with a joint and they come down on you with a vengance, light a cig in your car or on break at work behind the building the community screams for laws to prevent it, have 10 duis, no problem, its not your family member killed by one. Not yet anyway. Fricken ridiculous they get away with it. How do these judges and law makers sleep at night knowing they allow someone to kill innocent people? Booker did the first dui no jail, watkins did the second joke of a sentence. Why do we as citizens put up with it? You all come out of the woodwork on a smoking article demanding this horrible thing be stopped, not many at all on drunk drivers who are more dangerous than someone smoking a cig. No one takes drunk driving seriously. Pathetic. I guess Madd isn't good for anything but fundraising. What a joke. I guess the only thing I can hope for is a little karma for these waste of flesh drunk drivers. Sorry if I'm offending any drunk driving posters or anyone's drunk loved one, but to bad, they are scum and deserve it.

UGA
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UGA 06/22/10 - 03:50 am
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Jillian - Did you read the

Jillian - Did you read the article? He wasn't the one who was drinking; in fact, he was a designated driver.

TakeAstand - I get it. Your heart is in the right place. But no one is reading your repetitive, endless posts. Learn brevity.

My heart goes out to this guy's family. I am a former Governor's Intern myself and one of my best friends worked across the hall from me in Constituent Services where this guy did (I was in the Communications Office as a speechwriter), so this does hit close to home.

puppydog
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puppydog 06/22/10 - 09:42 am
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How cruelly ironic that this

How cruelly ironic that this fine young man was doing everything right, was even the designated driver so he himself would not drive under the influence and his colleagues also would not drive under the influence. He was being very responsible. It is so sad that he had his whole life ahead of him, with so much promise. He had a family who loved him, a fiance who adored him, a good position in the Governor's office, a college education, was a very selfless and nice young man, had such a promising future and it was all brought to a screeching halt by this irresponsible selfish fool. Life is just not fair. They need to lock her up & throw away the key! Such a tragic injustice. Why is it the drunk drivers always seem to kill the innocent and they are left to live?

puppydog
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puppydog 06/22/10 - 10:35 am
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How cruelly ironic that this

How cruelly ironic that this fine young man was doing everything right, was even the designated driver so he himself would not drive under the influence and his colleagues also would not drive under the influence. He was being very responsible. It is so sad that he had his whole life ahead of him, with so much promise. He had a family who loved him, a fiance who adored him, a good position in the Governor's office, a college education, was a very selfless and nice young man, had such a promising future and it was all brought to a screeching halt by this irresponsible selfish fool. Life is just not fair. They need to lock her up & throw away the key! Such a tragic injustice. Why is it the drunk drivers always seem to kill the innocent and they are left to live?

puppydog
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puppydog 06/22/10 - 10:35 am
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I just heard that the judge

I just heard that the judge granted her bond!!!! You have got to be kidding, Judge! Bond for a murderer?? There is no way she should be allowed to walk out of that jail... they haven't even buried the poor boy yet!! Injustice!!

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