Mother honors deceased son, cleans adopted section of Route 371

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Kim Szymanski of Anza picks up litter from the 2 miles of state Highway 371 that she adopted in memory of her son, Jacob. Anza Valley Outlook/Courtesy photo
Kim Szymanski of Anza adopted a portion of state Route 371 to honor the memory of her son Jacob and his friend who both died in an accident three and a half years ago on that section of the road. Szymanski picked up trash along the section of highway Monday, Jan. 18. “I spent about three and a half hours picking up my little 2-mile stretch of state Highway 371,” she said. “If only I could pick everything up, but so much is too close to the roadway and is considered dangerous. Once again, a lot of what I picked up was alcohol-related – little bottles of liquor and beer mainly, enough to fill up at least half a bag, and they are large bags.” Officials investigating the scene in Aguanga, June 13, 2017, found that Jacob Szymanski, 26, and Jonathan Barksdale, 28, both of Anza
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