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10/05/2004

Family Wants Stop Light Where Daughter Was Killed

UPDATE 09/16/04: Bulloch County commissioners endorsed the request last night at their meeting. There's no word on how long the study will take.

Crowds packed the first night of the Ogeechee Fair. Amid all the lights and noise is not where you'd expect to find a pair of grieving parents. Tessa and Chuck Martin worked the crowd as hard as any carnival barker in memory of their daughter.

"The best place to be right now is where there's thousands of people are," explained Chuck Martin. "That's what we're looking for, thousands of signatures."

Two weeks ago, their 17-year-old daughter Madelyn was driving to school when she collided with another car and died at the intersection of Highways 67 and 46. They want the state to add a stop light. They hope a petition with hundreds of signatures will make a difference.

The Martins say their campaign is not a kneejerk reaction to grief. They say over the past 20 years, they've seen a dozen people killed at this spot. Three other memorials make the road look like a cemetery.

"I feel like Madelyn would want me to do this and I have to do this for all the people who pass through that intersection," stated Tessa Martin.

She says a light won't bring her daughter back but it could spare other mothers from her pain. The Martins presented their petition to Bulloch County commissioners Tuesday night. If they endorse it, the commissioners will ask the state to study the site to determine if a light is needed.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com

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