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Driver charged after girl struck and killed by car in Douglas County

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A court hearing is scheduled Thursday morning for a Douglasville woman after police say she hit and killed a 17-year-old girl seconds after she got off her school bus.

Shirley Barker McManners, 51, will be charged with 1st degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving and a violation that involves failing to stop for the activated red lights and stop arm when approaching a stopped school bus on the road.

The victim, 17-year-old Brandy Hart, was a junior at Douglas High School.

Brandy's mother, Carolyn Hart-Springer, told CBS Atlanta that her daughter was in the choir at school, and was an excellent student.

"She loved going to high school," Hart-Springer said.  "She was always talking about her career,   what she wanted to do and how much she cared about her education and instilled that into her.  Maybe a psychiatrist, helping children and helping children with special needs."

The Georgia State Patrol said McManners failed to stop for the school bus around 7 p.m. Tuesday before hitting Brandy.  The Saturn McManners was driving had a crushed windshield. 

Brandy's mother said she will also be praying for the driver.

" I can say within my heart I don't have any hate with the driver that killed my child, I am just praying, praying," Hart-Springer.

Grief counselors at the school were helping students through this loss.

"It is hard," said Douglas County High School Principal Tim Scott.  "We have talked a lot today about our young people, that you never know what tomorrow holds."

Brandy was the fourth student who has been killed since February in the Douglas County School system.

Funeral arrangements for Brandy are set for Saturday at noon at the First Baptist Church of Carrollton. 

Thursday, Douglas County High School will hold a memorial service for Brandy at the school's theatre from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

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