According to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, a pickup truck struck a former local volleyball player and her father on Thursday, November 24, causing their deaths in the collision.
Before completing her college education in Tennessee, Alivia Mynes was a previous volleyball standout for their school and for 575, a volleyball program club that serves Cherokee and a number of other Georgia counties, according to a Facebook post by Creekview High Volleyball. Alivia, 18, had just finished her first season playing for Bryan College in Tennessee when the event occurred.
She had just returned home to Canton for the Thanksgiving vacation. In the Cherokee County accident, her 52-year-old father Chris Mynes also perished.
Tribute to Alivia and Her Father
On November 25, a Facebook post stated that Olivia was “loved by many and will be remembered for her gentle, sweet, beautiful spirit.” According to the Facebook post, Chris was “the joy of Jennifer’s life” and a devoted father to his two girls. The message mentioned Sydney, Alivia’s teen sister who plays junior volleyball at Creekview and hopes to be discharged from the hospital today with minor injuries.
In addition to expressing their sorrow, 575 Volleyball praised Chris for being a fantastic husband and father and Alivia for being a terrific teammate, friend, and sister. The Facebook post said, “She was shining so bright there already and only a freshman, had such a fantastic future ahead of her.” “Today is really soul-crushing for everyone in our club family,” one member said.
Sydney, their youngest child, and Chris’ wife Jennifer both made it through the incident with very minor injuries. According to her family and friends, Jennifer Mynes, a substitute teacher at Creekland Middle School, was released from the hospital and is now recuperating at home. To help the family, a website has been set up as a fundraiser.
Deputies were called to a four-vehicle accident around 11.30 am on Thursday on Knox Bridge Highway close to Scott Hudgens Drive in Canton, according to the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of an eastbound F-150 truck crossed the center line and slammed into Myne’s westbound Nissan Armada, killing Chris in the driver’s seat and his daughter in the passenger seat.
The truck’s 24-year-old driver was hurt but not seriously, so he was also sent to the hospital. The other two automobiles involved in the collision did not have any further reported injuries. The incident is still being looked into.