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 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.