COWETA COUNTY, Ga. — A husband and wife are dead after they were involved in a violent crash on their way to the movies.
It was the same intersection where a father and daughter almost died three years ago. The father and daughter told Channel 2's Tom Jones that they had warned officials that someone would die at the location if the state didn't make changes.
The deadly crash happened Saturday around 9 p.m. on Highway 54 and Highway 34 in Sharpsburg. Timberli Williams was working at the nearby NCG Movie Theater when she stepped outside to see what all the police activity was about.
"I was able to see all the smoke and the fire," she said.
She ran over and realized it was a terrible crash that claimed the lives of Thomas Scott Mayo, 57, and his wife, Pamela Mayo, 58. The couple was on a date night and headed to the movies.
Timberli was no stranger to violent collisions at this intersection. She and her father nearly lost their lives there three years ago. It's why she wanted to assist in this accident.
"I wanted to help because I knew that in the time of our accident we had Mike Burgess come in and pull me and my dad out of an accident. and he was able to save our lives," she said.
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Williams was quickly told there was nothing she could do. It was too late.
It brought back memories for Timberli and her father, Timothy Williams.
They remembered their car on fire with them trapped inside. Timothy Williams spent months in the hospital.
Since then the father and daughter say they have worked tirelessly to make sure the intersection is safe and that what happened to them doesn't happen to anyone else. They say they have pleaded with the state to reduce the speed limit to 45 miles per hour.
"At 55 mph there's very little time to see people when they're coming," Williams said.
They also want a designated turn signal going into the movie theater.
Georgia State Patrol says 28-year-old Andrew John Wiemann was speeding and ran a light and hit the couple as they turned into the movies.
Timberli Williams says that doesn't change the fact that changes must be made.
"We always made the warning that someone is going to end up dying at this intersection," she said.
A spokesperson for the Department of Transportation says she is looking into the father and daughter's claims and she's getting a tally on the number of accidents at the intersection.
The Mayo's are longtime members of Crossroads Church in Newnan. A pastor there says they were awesome, Godly, fun loving people who raised their children in the church.
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