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Families seek change after fatal accident at SR 303


Two grieving families are asking for someone to take responsibility for a freak accident in Glynn County. 

Kaleigh Miller and her best friend Ashley Akra were killed when a tree fell on their car on the night before Thanksgiving Day. The family says it's becoming a blame game.

It happened along Blythe Highway or State Route 303.  So who's responsible for the fallen tree? It's a question unfolding between the Georgia Dept. of Transportation and the Glynn County Commission.

Glynn County says it's a state road so it's the state's responsibility.

"By our records, and from what the county has checked out, it belongs to Georgia DOT, so unfortunately it is DOT's responsibility," said Glynn County Commissioner Mary Hunt.

Glynn County engineers also say that the department of transportation is in charge of the 300 feet of the right of way off the road. The tree that fell on Miller and Akra - was within that range.

The DOT is investigating it and issued this statement: "We are reviewing our right-of-way records to confirm that it was on our property. Until that is complete, we must defer any further comment. Our deepest condolences goes out to the families of the two young women in this tragic accident."

The responses from the state and the county do not sit will with one of the victim's mothers.

"That's politics to me. I don't care. I care about my 22-year-old daughter who is dead. Her 23-year-old best friend who was always at my house is dead, who won't be there again," said Carla Miller, Miller's mother.

The Georgia DOT has been at the site looking at the trees after the wreck. 

Hunt said the commission will take up the rotting tree issues at their meeting next week.

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