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Son’s death prompts mother’s quest for guardrail in Aguanga

 

Last updated 2/11/2018 at Noon

Jon Barksdale’s and Jacob Szmanski’s memorials commemorate the location of the fatal crash off state Route 371. Courtesy photos

On a summer day last year, a local woman was rocked by the most devastating experience any parent can face: the loss of her child. That woman is now focusing her grief on making sure the traffic accident that took the life of her son and his close friend is not repeated.

Kim Szymanski’s son Jacob Syzmanski, 26, and his friend Jonathan Barksdale, 28, were killed shortly before dawn June 13, when their 2007 Mustang failed to negotiate a curve on state Route 371 just east of Lakeshore Drive and Bradford Road in Aguanga.

The Mustang crossed into the opposing westbound lane and off the north...



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