Mother adopts highway to honor son’s life

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Kim Szymanski picks up litter from the two miles of Highway 371 that she adopted in memory of her son, Jacob. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Grieving mother Kim Szymanski adopted a portion of Highway 371 to honor the memory of her son and his friend who both died in an accident three years ago on that section of the road. Local news sources and social media reported that two men had been killed in Aguanga before dawn Tuesday, June 13, 2017, when their 2007 Mustang failed to negotiate a curve, struck a boulder and flipped, according to officials investigating the scene. The Mustang crossed into the opposing westbound lane and went off the north roadway edge. It struck the boulder about 25 feet off the roadway and overturned onto its roof. The men were identified as Jacob Szymanski, 26, and Jonathan Barksdale, 28, both of Anza. The community was devastated by the news. Szymanski said she was determined to prevent another
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