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Mother dies two weeks after bypass accident

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SMITHVILLE, GA (WALB) - A Smithville family is mourning the loss of a second loved one after a car crash earlier this month. Carla Owens died from her injuries Thursday morning.

Her 10-year-old son died on the scene of the March 11th wreck. The family says the intersection at Highway 19 and Livingston road is dangerous and needs warning signs.

The intersection was a different scene almost two weeks ago when 10-year-old Christopher Owens died in the Ford Crown Victoria. Police say his mom pulled out in front of a semi-truck. Carla Owens, also known as Lois, died early Thursday morning.

"It was devastating then and it's devastating now," said Owens' sister, Carline Johnson.

Johnson and her niece say this bypass, which opened to traffic, more than a year ago is dangerous. They say it needs more than this advanced warning sign.

"They need to put a light up so people will know to slow down," said her niece.

DOT Spokesperson, Craig Solomon, says they have not gotten complaints about the intersection and studies show it's safe. Georgia State Patrol says this is the first fatality and second wreck since work crews completed the bypass. 

Owens had picked up her son and 15-year old Eisha Wright up from school. She was crossing Highway 19 from Livingston road when the 18-wheeler struck her in the south bound lane. Wright was the only one in the car who survived, but they know the mother and her son are looking down on them today from Heaven.

Owens lived off Highway 118 not far from the wreck. Her husband Jerry says he and their five children are getting by with support of their family and faith.

The family did not have insurance. They have a lot of medical bills and want to give Carla Owens a proper burial. If you'd like to help the family, you can call J.L. Litman funeral home at (229) 430-8800.

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