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Deadly Stretch of Highway

A stretch of Spartanburg Highway has seen two fatal crashes this summer, both of them speeding related.

North Carolina Troopers say 61 year-old Mary Geouge, hit and killed 24 year-old Adam Jackson, while he was driving his moped on July 16. The impact from the accident sent Jackson flying from his moped and landing in the GE parking lot. Troopers say Geouge was traveling at about 80 miles per hour, where the speed limit was 45, at the time of the crash. She's now facing a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge.

Weeks earlier, troopers responded to a fatal accident only a mile up the road. They say 24 year-old Timothy Gonzalez, was speeding when his SUV went off the shoulder, hit two parked cars and flipped. Gonzalez's car smashed into Pace's Automotive on Spartanburg Highway, killing him.

"I believe it's just a coincidence that it occurred like this," says Danny Odom, Master Trooper in Henderson County. "I don't think speeding out there is exorbitant any more than anywhere else in the county. It's just unfortunate we had two incidents in that area," he says.

Troopers say they still routinely patrol in the area. However, Odom says the majority of speeding violations are for 10 to 15 miles over the speed limit.

A flower memorial is set up along the berm of the GE parking lot, and wooden boards patch up the side of Pace's Automotive. Both mark the places where young lives were lost. Some neighbors in the community say the stretch of road is becoming dangerous.

"It's kind of excessive, even though there are highway patrolmen and county that sit right up the road from here in three different spots, but they're not out here all the time," says Doug Lambert, who was driving by at the time Jackson was hit last week.
A memorial service is planned for Adam Jackson Saturday morning. His mother, Melisa Smith, told News 13 the charges filed against Geouge are a good start as they mourn the young man they loved.

By: Hope Hanselman
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