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5 year old killed getting off bus; neighbors say road is deadly


Neighbors are heartbroken after a 5-year-old boy was struck and killed on Ga. 119 in Pembroke.

Parents stood watch when the bus pulled up Friday, just 24 hours after KeShawn Odum was struck and killed by a pickup truck with a 16 year old behind the wheel.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the wreck, and they're not releasing the driver's name because of his age. But they say he was coming from the opposite direction of the bus and that he didn't stop for the outstretched, blinking stop sign. They say criminal charges may be coming.

Louise Hodges lives nearby. She heard screaming and ran out of her house on Thursday. She held KeShawn in the moments after the wreck.

"You never forget it," Hodges said. "You feel for the child. You feel for the family. You feel for the boy that was driving the truck. I know he didn't mean to do it. He was just as upset."

It's a feeling Dawn Cobb knows too well. She lives near the bus stop at Ga. 119 and Simms Road. In March 2007, she lost her 17-year-old daughter, Laura, in a wreck on this same stretch of road. Three teens died in that wreck and the only person who survived was the boy behind the wheel.

"I know what she's going through," Dawn Cobb said. "It's horrible. The pain never goes away. It eases off. But you never lose it. You look for your child every day, and they never come through the door."

Laura Cobb's sister, Heather Wheeler, now has two children of her own, not much younger than KeShawn. She worries about their safety.

"This mile and a half stretch of road out here is nothing but a drag strip," Wheeler said. "And they get away with it because they know there aren't any cops out here."

WTOC reached out to the Bryan County Sheriff's Office Friday afternoon to find out what they have been doing, and plan to do, about the speeding residents say happens along Ga. 119. They have not responded.

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