COLQUITT CO., GA (WALB) - The Georgia State Patrol is investigating a weekend crash that killed 19-year old Evan Alred and left his co-workers in disbelief.
"It's going to be hard trying to get over him not being here every day," said Dayton Jinright.
Inside Pine Ridge Meats and Groceries, it's business as usual. Cashiers check out customers, while employees in the back cut up, package, and weigh fresh meat.
"From traying chicken, to cutting on the saw, to cubing. Making specialty items. grinding burgers. Just everything," said Dayton Jinright.
Sunday is anything but a normal day for the Norman Park grocers though; they're mourning the loss of a co-worker. 19-year old Evan Alred died when his truck overturned on Railroad Street early Saturday morning. Troopers say he wasn't wearing a seat belt and was killed instantly.
"He was like my brother. I never had a brother and so he took that spot for me. Happened so fast, I didn't know what to think. " said Jinright.
Alred worked here for 5 years--managing the meat department for a majority of that time.
"All the customers liked him. He did a good job. One of the most hardest working people I ever met," said Jinright.
It's obvious the news has hit Alred's coworkers hard, but the toughest part is getting back to work knowing Alred will never be back.
"He was friendly. Just a joy to work with. It's going to be hard to get over it," said Jinright.
They're currently thinking of ways to help Alred's family. No one else was injured in the crash.