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Father seeks speed change to Hereford Farm Road

Posted: June 29, 2012 - 1:45pm  |  Updated: June 29, 2012 - 1:53pm
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Gordin Morin is asking concerned residents to sign a petition Saturday at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church to lower the speed limit on Hereford Farm Road, where his son was fatally struck by a vehicle last week.  Jim Blaylock
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Gordin Morin is asking concerned residents to sign a petition Saturday at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church to lower the speed limit on Hereford Farm Road, where his son was fatally struck by a vehicle last week.

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The father of a 17-year-old who was fatally struck on a Columbia County road last week is asking concerned residents to sign a petition Saturday at an Evans church.

In the wake of his son’s death, Gordon Morin has started a movement to get the speed lowered on the stretch of Hereford Farm Road where Cory Allan Morin, was hit. The speed limit there is 55 mph.

Authorities say the teen 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 by an SUV. He died from his injuries the next day at an Augusta hospital.

The driver of the SUV was found not at fault.

Morin will be at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church at 10 a.m. Saturday to talk with motorists and neighbors about the dangers of Hereford Farm Road. He’s asked for them to voice their opinions and give comments on how to address the problem.

The Georgia Department of Transportation sets the speed limit based on a county-submitted study tracking how fast most vehicles are traveling on a given roadway. The speed is 45 mph on most of Hereford Farm Road.

Morin said he hopes the petition could push the county to take another look at Hereford Farm Road sooner rather than later.

“I can’t bring my son back,” he said shortly after Cory died. “But maybe I can help other people on that road.”

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Comments (9)

Little Lamb

Speed

As the article points out, speed was not a factor in the unfortunate event. 45 mph is entirely too low a speed limit for Hereford Farm Road. Make it a consistent 55 from the light at Cox Road all the way till it ends at Lewiston Rd.

Sweet son

Little Lamb: You are Right

We all mourn the loss of a young life taken in any fashion but lowering the speed limit will not fix the fact that the young man must not have followed the old saying we used to teach all of our children. Look Both Ways! And if we did the job right we added the word "Twice" at the end!

crackerjack

Pedestrian Safety

I hope we remember to tell our children to wear bright clothes at night when walking along the roads, and always walk facing oncoming traffic.

bdmastiff

Sorry but no in regards to the speed change

I really am sorry for your loss, I really am. One can only imagine what this does to you and how it makes you feel. I hope this never happens to any one. Now, in regards to the speed change, I think if anything, make the road wider not slower. Everybody else should not be punished because of this accident. I'm not a doctor but I don't think making it 45 would have changed the outcome, I'm sorry to say.

Craig Spinks

Sidewalks, anyone?

Does anyone else think that walking along the edge of highways and byways is not pedestrian-safe?

Oh, oh. I forgot. CC can't afford to build sidewalks.

Dr. Craig Spinks/ Georgians for Educational Excellence

Barry Paschal

State highway

Hereford Farm Road is a state highway. The county can't build sidewalks on it because they don't own the right of way. You do know that, right?

Little Lamb

Permission

I'm not suggesting that the county actually do this, but if they really desired the sidewalks, then the county could ask permission of the state to build the sidewalks at the county's expense. I'm sure the state would say okay.

Deployed

NOT a State highway

Hereford Farm is NOT a state highway. Columbia County can build anything they want along that road. State highway travels from I20 along Lewiston to Columbia and then turns on Columbia. Belair is also a state highway. Trailer trucks are prohibited from Hereford Farm unless making a delivery along that road.

Deployed

Check a GDOT map, or better

Check a GDOT map, or better yet, call and ask them to perform maintenance on Hereford Farm. They'll tell you quickly that Hereford Farm isn't theirs.

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