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UPDATE: Struck pedestrian dies at hospital

Posted: June 19, 2012 - 4:10pm  |  Updated: August 14, 2012 - 8:27am
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A Grovetown teen died Wednesday evening, a day after being hit by a sport utility vehicle on Hereford Farm Road.

Cory Allan Morin, 17, of Devon Road, was pronounced dead at about 6:30 p.m. at the Medical College of Georgia Hospital, said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

Morin died of a closed head injury, Collins said.

Morin was on his way to a friend’s house at about 4 p.m. Tuesday. He was standing on the edge of Hereford Farm Road near Lewiston Elementary School and looked away from southbound motorists, Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. A.J. Lyons said.

Morin then stepped into the road in front of a Ford Escape driven by Brian David Pregrove, 42, of Cannock Street in Grovetown.

Pregrove will not be charged in the accident, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said Thursday.

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mamamia4

Dangerous Road

I'm not accusing this driver of speeding, but let me say...I live in a subdivision off Hereford Farm Road and it is so Dangerous. It's like an interstate running through a residential area. It's become a cut-through from Grovetown to Evans. There are so many cars coming and going in each direction driving speeds that exceed the speed limit. This was once a quiet country road with many curves and hills. Pulling out of your subdivision or driveway is a feat let along trying to cross by foot. You think you have clearance and the next thing you know an agressive driver is on your bumper. In front of my subdivision I have seen several accidents, one where an elderly couple had to be airlifted out. My daughter was rear ended as she was attempting to turn into our subd. Something must be done to slow down the traffic on this road. How sad that a young person was crtically injured just trying to cross the street to go to a friend's house. There is no negligence on this boys part. Columbia County should be ashamed to have a road that poses so much danger. This is not an interstate! People live here! How can we get something done to make this road safe?

whyme

safe roads or smarter drivers?

Let me start by saying that, once again, no judgment should be made on the part of either party in this article based on the information provided. It is irresponsible at best.
With that said, I would like to address the above comment:
"...a road that poses so much danger." We can make as many changes to our roads as we can-traffic lights, speed humps, caution signs,removal of bushes, etc.-and these installations certainly can be of assistance. But the real cause of accidents are not the roads but the drivers. Seems obvious but I continue to read of citizens who are upset over repeated accidents in certain roadways in the CSRA. There are too many distractions going on in the cars; people choose not to use signals; speed limits are ignored; folks treat driving as a game, joke, sporting event, or a way to release aggression or tension. Until we take individual responsibility for our own driving habits, and law enforcement is able to intervene more consistently, "accidents" will continue to happen, if you can call them that. A commentator on the radio says that there are no such thing as " car accidents", and I'm starting to wonder myself.

allhans

Just yesterday a poster was

Just yesterday a poster was urging drivers to scan the highway ahead of you.
I hope this driver did what we all do, slow down when we see a pedestrian by the roadside. We have no way of knowing the intentions of that person.

Craig Spinks

Where are the sidewalks and crosswalks,

"Double?"

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

gapeach0870

Dangerous road

I live on Hereford Farm Road not far from where this young man was hit, and it's like playing Russian Roulette every time I try to turn out of my driveway. To my left is a curve that is just hard enough to see other drivers coming toward me until it's almost too late. With the speed limit of 55 mph, drivers coming around that curve (although they are in the right-of-way) may not have enough time to hit their breaks to avoid hitting another driver who unmistakably thought the road was clear.

Not far down the road the speed limit changes to 45 mph, and continues to N. Belair Road. Why not make the entire road 45 mph? Doing so may reduce the number of accidents, and the heartaches associated with them.

beboisme

It seems that nothing is ever

It seems that nothing is ever done until something like this happens. I am so sorry this young life is forever gone. May God be with his family and friends.

beboisme

GaStang22

Horrible Tragedy.

May God Bless this Angel's soul in Heaven. Prayer and condolences to his family.

GaStang22

Unreal

mamamia4 is obviously one of those, and there are many on here, who like to blame everyone else rather than taking personal responsibility in life. smdh

stefiak86

I feel sorry for the family

I feel sorry for the family of the young boy but, according to georgia state law he was at fault;
Georgia State Law 40-6-92. Crossing roadway elsewhere than at crosswalk: (a) Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right of way to all vehicles upon the roadway unless he has already, and under safe conditions, entered the roadway.

shockers4

sign

Stefia86 there was a a school sign saying pedestrians ahead so cory was ok to walk across the road right there ..... Cory is a dear friend of mine love him and miss him stay stakring kaitlyn
Not raising either side of case

Hope, Faith, & Love

allboys2

Hereford Farm road

I live off this road but down near gibbs. This situation of this road is getting worse daily. The truckers are using this road to get from Belair to Columbia and speed through three school zones. I have been run off the road by the dump trucks going way over 50. What a lot of people don't know is the county is planning on widening this road !!!That means more traffic and more trucks. I am so sad to hear about this boy but I know the driver had no way to avoid hitting this kid. That time of night the traffic coming in both directions is heavy. There are no sidewalks and in the winter the deer jump out in front of the car. Lowering the speed limit might help but the county widening the road will not. MAKE SURE TO VOTE NO FOR THE SPLOTS USED TO WIDEN THIS ROAD. We need to protect the children who are walking from the schools where there are no sidewalks so an aweful accident like this does not happen again.

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