GSP investigates deadly crash that killed mother, daughter

Published: Sep. 8, 2014 at 4:41 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 8, 2014 at 9:16 AM EDT
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Megan Kessler
Megan Kessler

The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating a deadly wreck in Effingham County. 

RINCON, GA (WTOC) - The Effingham County Sheriff's Office says Megan Kessler, a special education teacher at Effingham High School, and her mother, Marlys Stempke of Allenhurst, were traveling in a van along Old Augusta Road shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday when a pickup truck crossed into their lane.

Both women were killed in the crash marking the 3rd fatal wreck in Effingham County in just one week. 

The occupants of the pickup truck, two teenage girls, were taken to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah with serious injuries. Officials say one of the girls was airlifted and the other was taken by ambulance. 

The teenagers have been identified as Karlie Miles, 18, her passenger, Ivey Castaneda, 15, both of Effingham County, according to Sheriff's spokesman David Ehsanipoor.

Castaneda is a student at Effingham County High School. Miles was an Effingham County High Graduate in 2013.

According to ECSO, a third vehicle, a Ford Taurus also driven by a 17-year-old high school student, sustained minor damage in the crash. That driver was not injured.

Kessler, a resident of Rincon, was just 30 years old. She leaves behind a husband, two sons and an infant daughter.

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