Laura Latimer, whom Ms. Lovett called Laura Felder, died when the car in which she was a passenger was struck by a vehicle fleeing during a police chase down Gordon Highway.
"We were two years apart, so we grew up together," said Ms. Lovett, 44.
"Laura was a hard worker and very high-spirited. She was (a) good-looking woman who was always there for me and our family," she said.
An older sister, Norma Teck, 45, said she would remember her sister for always trying to set a strong example for two sons and two daughters.
"She always tried to set the best example for her children. She was a single parent and even worked two jobs to make sure her children were provided for," Ms. Teck said.
Ms. Felder was employed at Kellogg's, Ms. Teck said. She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.
Ms. Lovett said a Saturday funeral is being planned.
She also said she has yet to speak with Torris Lee Wright, her sister's boyfriend, who was driving the 1998 Pontiac Bonneville struck during the police chase.
Mr. Wright was not at his south Augusta home Wednesday night, but had been released from Medical College of Georgia Hospital that day, said Vernon Garnett, who identified himself as Mr. Wright's stepfather.
Ms. Felder graduated from Lucy C. Laney High School in 1983 and was a supporter of the Laney Wildcat alumni association.
The driver of the Chevrolet Blazer that was being pursued, Jamie Ray Clark, 19, of Jackson, is facing traffic-related charges, including first-degree vehicular homicide, according to a Richmond County jail official.
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