By allowing ads to appear on this site, you support the local businesses who, in turn, support great journalism.
Guyton couple killed returning from GS-LSU game
Hagans were celebrating 25th anniversary
Julie and Danny Hagan of Guyton were celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary by attending the Georgia Southern-LSU game in Louisiana when they were killed in a car accident returning home on Sunday. (Photo Courtesy WJCL-TV)

SWAINSBORO – A Guyton couple celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary died after their car hydroplaned while returning from Georgia Southern University's season opening football game against LSU.

Danny and Julie Hagan, of Guyton, were in the stands for Saturday's game in Baton Rouge. The fatal accident happened Sunday on Interstate 16 near Swainsboro.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the Georgia State Patrol says the driver lost control in the rain. The car hit a tree in a median.

Troopers say 45-year-old Danny Hagan died at the scene; 43-year-old Julie Hagan died at Augusta University Medical Center.

The couple had three children, all students at Georgia Southern.

In a statement, Georgia Southern said university officials were “deeply saddened by the loss of two members of our Eagle Nation family.”

“The president has reached out to the family, as have student affairs officials to ensure the children know of our concern and our willingness to help in any way,” Jennifer Wise, director of communications for Georgia Southern, said. “We are prepared to provide support to the children – our students – emotionally and academically with any resources we have. We appreciate greatly the support we have seen for this family and offer our condolences along with the university community.”

Multiple fundraising accounts for the family have been set up through GoFundMe, Powerco Federal Credit Union, where Julie Hagan worked in Savannah, and at Queensborough National Bank in Rincon.

So far, the GoFundMe campaign has raised more than $28,500.

Statesboro’s Colin O’Connor, the organizer of the campaign, said in a statement on the GoFundMe page: “We are so thankful for the kindness of each and every one of you. We have exceeded our initial goals of $10,000 and $25,000 and are now moving it up once more. The generosity and selflessness of those affected by the Hagan family's loss is abundant and heartwarming. Please continue to share and support the Hagan family as we strive to provide peace of mind during these tragic and trying times.”

Sign up for the Herald's free e-newsletter