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Father wants lower speed limit after son's death

Petition drive will be held June 30

Posted: June 23, 2012 - 6:16am  |  Updated: August 14, 2012 - 8:26am
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 Cory Allan Morin, 17, died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Hereford Farm Road on foot on Wednesday.  Special Photo
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Cory Allan Morin, 17, died from injuries sustained when he was struck by a vehicle while trying to cross Hereford Farm Road on foot on Wednesday.

Twitter@JennaNMartin Standing on the side of Hereford Farm Road in Evans, Gordon Morin watches as cars zoom past. The Appling father is just steps away from where his 17-year-old son was hit by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday. His son died the next day at an Augusta hospital. The grieving father wants to turn his pain of losing a child into something positive by pushing for a lower speed limit on the stretch of roadway where his son, Cory Allan Morin, was hit. “I can’t bring my son back, but maybe I can help other people on that road,” he said. Columbia County authorities said the Grovetown teen was on his way to a friend’s house when he stepped onto the edge of Hereford Farm Road near Lewiston Elementary School and was hit. The driver of the SUV was not at fault and won’t be charged in the accident, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. “You don’t expect that,” said Cory’s stepmother Melanie Morin of the tragic news. “It comes out of the blue. The Appling father is just steps away from where his 17-year-old son was hit by a sport utility vehicle Tuesday. His son died the next day at an Augusta hospital. The grieving father wants to turn his pain of losing a child into something positive by pushing for a lower speed limit on the stretch of roadway where his son, Cory Allan Morin, was hit. “I can’t bring my son back, but maybe I can help other people on that road,” he said. Columbia County authorities said the Grovetown teen was on his way to a friend’s house when he stepped onto the edge of Hereford Farm Road near Lewiston Elementary School and was hit. The driver of the SUV was not at fault and won’t be charged in the accident, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said. “You don’t expect that,” said Cory’s stepmother Melanie Morin of the tragic news. “It comes out of the blue. “It’s devastating.” The speed limit for most of Hereford Farm Road is set at 45 mph. The limit increases to 55 mph, however, in the portion where Cory was standing. Gordon Morin, a McDuffie County maintenance foreman for the Georgia Department of Transportation, said he believes the abrupt speed limit change on the road is confusing for most motorists. Because many homes and an elementary school sit along part of Hereford Farm Road, Morin –along with many others he said he’s spoken to in the area – thinks a lower speed limit is warranted. Speed limits on all county roads are set by GDOT, county Traffic Engineer Glen Bollinger said. In order for the limit to change, a study must show that 85 percent of motorists are traveling within 5 to 7 mph of a given speed, he said. An increase in traffic and development, though, will usually cause speeds to drop, he added. Bollinger said the county has studied seeking a 45 mph speed limit on all of Hereford Farm Road, and will do so again soon. Morin wants to speed up that process by starting a petition that addresses the dangers of Hereford Farm Road. He is asking people to submit their written concerns to him at 10 a.m. June 30 at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, which is on the corner of Columbia and Hereford Farm roads. Until then, the Morin family remembers what a generous and funny young man Cory was. His grandmother, Marlene Morin, said Cory’s favorite holiday was Halloween, when he would work at local haunted houses. “We called him ‘Spooky’ because he loved the Halloween stuff in our house,” she said. An avid skateboarder, Cory also loved animals, music and making people laugh. “He loved to live on the wild side, but he would do anything for you,” Morin said.

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stillamazed

I understand

I can understand the grief that this family is going through but is the 55 mph speed limit really the problem here? What I mean is, if a person steps out in front of a vehicle going 45 the concequences unfortunately would still be the same. Everyone, whether, driving, walking or biking needs to be aware at all times. Stop being distracted by other things, to me that is what is going to save lives. My prayers still go out to this family, it has to be horrible what they are going through. Honestly, it would not bother me if the whole road was 45mph but in some instances I don't think it would change the outcome. I live on Gibbs Rd and I have complained several times about the blind curve where Gibbs crosses Hereford Farm and becomes Cox, the owner of that empty lot needs to cut down all the over grown brush there but after calling in complaints on several occasions it is still blocking the view if you are making a left there on to Hereford Farm. I guess someone has to die there also before they do something. That lot is and has been for sale for a long time and no one keeps it cut back at all, never has since we have been living here for 8 years!!!!!!!!!

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