Father fights for lower speed limit after son's death

News 12 at 6 o' clock / Saturday, June 30, 2012

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. -- Nearly two weeks ago an SUV hit and killed his 17-year-old son.

Now, Jordan Morin wants to see some changes on the road where he lost his son, Cody.

A petition drive was held Saturday in Evans to lower the speed limit on Hereford Farm Road. And Morin says it's all in hopes of keeping this from happening to anyone else.

"I just felt like I had to, like it was a calling not only for my son, but for other people. They're crying out about how dangerous this highway is out here," he told News 12's Laura Warren.

Less than two weeks ago, Morin's 17-year-old son was hit by an SUV on the busy two-lane road.

"It was horrible, horrible. I've never seen anything like it before, and it was just awful," said Brandi Sette, who witnessed the accident.

She says a lower speed limit could have saved Cory's life.

"I think it's way too fast for this road to be so close to houses and just two lanes, I think it's way too fast," she said.

Cory's family and friends spent Saturday gathering signatures at the Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. They are trying to petition Columbia County to lower the speed limit on Hereford Farm Road from 55 miles per hour down to 45.

"Ten miles an hour difference is the difference between killing somebody and not killing somebody," Morin said.

Morin says if this petition can keep one other family from suffering, then it will be worth it.

"I loved him, he was my son, you know? It's terrible really that anybody would have to go through this," he said.

The speed is 45 miles per hour on most of Hereford Farm Road, but the stretch where Cory was hit and killed is 55. The driver in that accident was not found to be at fault.

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