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04/26/05

Neighbors, School Mourn Loss of Teacher and Son

We have some new information about the fatal vehicle accident which claimed the lives of a Bryan County teacher and her 5-year-old son. Ginger Reagin, 35, and her son Garrett were killed yesterday morning when an SUV slammed into them head on.

It was an unexpected turn of events that ended the lives the Lanier Primary School teacher her son Garret. They were members of the small community of Pembroke where everybody knows everyone. Their absence is affecting everybody in some way.

At the local cafe, patrons spoke about Ginger and her son and how they will be missed. Out of respect for her family, we kept them off camera so they can grieve in private.

We spoke with community members at Lu Anne's Cafe and they said this was a tragic loss for this small community. A loss that will take quite some time to get over.

It's been an even bigger loss in the school system for both teachers and students in Garret's class. Although declining to go on camera, the superintendent of Bryan County Schools, Sallie Brewer, issued this statement:

"The school system is mourning the death of its teacher and student. We are honoring her by making school as normal as it can be for her class and for her son's class and for all the other children and staff members in the school."

Investigators have yet to release the name of the person who caused the accident. They said it could be some time before they find out why this accident happened in the first place.

Toxicology tests have been performed on the driver of the Chevy Tahoe. Investigators are awaiting the results.

Reported by: Nicole Teigen, nteigen@wtoc.com

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