Family of teen killed in Burke County say intersection is dangerous

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 First at Five, November 6, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Ga.---A 15-year-old Burke County teenager was hit and killed while riding his bicycle last night. Kendrick Way was hit from behind near the intersection of Hwy 24 and Drone Road at around 6:30pm. The devastated family returned to the spot where he died today.

"She took something from us that she can never replace," said Regina Palmer, Kendrick's aunt.

Palmer, along with her sister and other relatives, returned to the scene of the accident that killed her nephew Thursday evening.

"Somebody just took his life and he didn't get to live his life fully," Palmer said. "It just ain't right, it just ain't right."

Kendrick was riding his bike heading eastbound along Hwy 24 when he was hit by a truck driven by 18-year-old Ashleigh Johnson. The markings on the road show the truck traveled approximately 60 feet before stopping.

Authorities say a preliminary investigation shows the teen's death was an accident.

An emergency medical technician, 21-year-old Steven O'Pry, was a passenger in the truck. The coroner says immediately after the accident the EMT tried to revive the teen, but he couldn't.

The family is distraught and upset.

"She took a precious child from this world," Palmer said.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, Ashleigh Johnson has not been charged, but they still have to go back to the scene to investigate further.

Family members and others who stopped by complained about that intersection, saying that that stretch of highway is dangerous. In fact, there have been at least two other accidents in that area.

Teresa Way returned to the spot where her son took his last breath. She was so grief-stricken that an ambulance was called to check her out after she fainted.

The realization that Kendrick is gone has stunned his family.

"It hurts, it hurts It's a hurting feeling, I'm gonna tell you that," Palmer said.

There have been two other confirmed accidents along that stretch in the past near that intersection. Georgia State Patrol Senior Trooper Brock Scott says he'll be visiting the scene again to get gather more evidence.

The family says there should be speed limit signs up and the limit should be enforced.

The family is planning funeral arrangements.


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  • by A. Lu Location: Augusta on Nov 24, 2009 at 05:51 PM
    I think there needs to be more awareness and education, period. We need to remember to slow down, and we need to remember to take precautions when riding on traffic heavy streets like highways. No one is at fault here, and while there have been some extremely ignorant comments (R.I.P. Learn how to spell the county you live in before you disrespect anyone)I'm very impressed over the mutual respect displayed in these comments. This is how problems can be solved, not by wishing people "what's coming to them". Prayers and Strength to both families. We've all learned something here.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 18, 2009 at 11:30 AM
    Ashiegh all love you and my prayers go out to you and the boys family this was a horrible accident
  • by no name Location: augusta on Nov 17, 2009 at 10:25 AM
    we love you A.J and are prayers go out to you And the family of this boy
  • by K on Nov 12, 2009 at 05:55 PM
    My thoughts and prayers goes out to everyone. This was clearly a horrible accident. As far as I see it some of these comments are uncalled for. Matthew you must not know ****... what makes you think brakes wernt applied...as far as someone sayin she should of turned on her bright lights... im sure you have traveled down that road with out your brights on...again my prayers go out to both familes. During this horrible time i think we need to have respect for both sides when leaving comments.
  • by R.I.P Location: BYRKE COUNTY on Nov 11, 2009 at 01:15 PM
    WE MISS YU POOHPOOH AND LOVE YU ITS SAD TOO KNW THAT YU IS GONE AND ITS HURTS MY PRYAERS GOES TO YOUR FAMILY AND YU IS IN A BETTER PLACE TRUST ME THIS GIRL GONNA GET WATS CUMING FOR HER. I LOVE YU
  • by SYNQUETTA Location: WAYNESBORO,GA on Nov 11, 2009 at 12:56 PM
    IT'S HARD TO SEE YOU GONE YOU WAS WAS A NICE YOUNG BOY AND QUIET WEE MISS YOU AND LOVE YOU.
  • by no name on Nov 11, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    tthis was a straight up accident, my prayers go out to the girl and the family of this young boy. he should have taken more precautions, its a highway. it is very sad but it mustve been his time to go, God doesnt do these things for fun. He had the best chance with her hitting him rather it happen on another day, there was an emt in the car and he tried to revive the boy. im sorry for the loss of the family, and sorry for the girl. but God has a plan and this was just a part of it.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 06:03 PM
    I can't believe that they are making her seem like she is a reckless driver or something. If you are gonna make a story about this then get both sides. He could ave avoided this if he wasn't in the middle of the lane.
  • by Anonymous on Nov 10, 2009 at 04:37 PM
    The kid was in dark jeans at night, not riding against traffic. I'm not saying that it's not sad but nothing should happen to the girl. Pure and simple accident.
  • by R.I.P Location: WAYNESBORO on Nov 10, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    GOD BLESS YUH KENDRICK WE ALL LOVE YOU AND YUH WILL B MISSED BY MANY
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