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Friends remember UNCW student involved in fatal car crash


Friends of Ryan Young say she was one of a kind. “Even if you met her for a minute, you would never forget her. Her outgoing personality, and everything like that, brought a little charisma to the room when she was in it,” said Jocelyn Pahutski.

The 21-year-old UNCW senior was driving to work at Starbucks in Mayfaire early Saturday morning, when her car spun out on a wet road in Supply. According to highway patrol, her car struck a bridge rail on Stone Chimney Road, crushing her inside the driver’s seat.

Young was a member of the swim team at UNCW for three years. She decided to take her senior year off to enjoy her last year of college. “She never took anything for granted, and worked hard for everything she had in her life. She was somebody that didn’t deserve to go this young at all,” Pahutski said.

Young was a Communications major, planning to graduate in May. Her friends told WWAY that’s she loved writing, and planned on pursuing a career in journalism. Pahutski added, “We took classes together. She definitely had her mind in the right place. She wanted to pursue journalism, and write one day. She wanted to be an editor.”

The news startled friends at UNCW and her co-workers at Starbucks who told WWAY over the phone that she was a hard worker. “She always had her Starbucks cup with her no matter what,” described Pahutski.

Ryan and her family are originally from Georgia. Friends told WWAY she was living at a house in Supply, and commuting to classes at UNCW.

Services for Ryan Young will take place Monday night from 6:00 to 8:00 and Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at the Brunswick Funeral Home off Highway 17.

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videoThe weather played a role in the death of a 21-year-old UNCW student over the weekend. Ryan Young died Saturday in a car crash in Brunswick County.

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