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Allenhurst woman, daughter killed in Effingham wreck
Daughter was a BI graduate
Marlys Strempke
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An Allenhurst woman and her daughter were killed Sunday afternoon in a vehicle accident in Effingham County.

Marlys Strempke and Meagan Kessler died, and two teens were injured shortly before 4 p.m. in a three-car crash on Old Augusta Road South. 

Initial reports indicate that the women, traveling north in a Chevy Traverse, were killed after a Dodge pickup traveling south crossed the road’s center line and veered into the SUV’s path, Effingham County Sheriff 's Office spokesman David Ehsanipoor said.

 Kessler, 30, of Rincon, was driving the Traverse, according to Georgia State Patrol Trooper Joel Mock. She and her mother, Strempke, of Allenhurst, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

 "The driver and passenger of the pickup truck, both teenagers, were transported to Memorial Health University Medical Center with serious injuries. The (driver has) been identified as Karlie Miles, 18, (and) her passenger, a 15-year-old, are both from Effingham County," Ehsanipoor said.

A third vehicle, a Ford Taurus driven by a 17-year-old high-school student, sustained minor damage in the crash. That driver was not injured, according to Mock.

 The 15-year-old is a student at Effingham County High School. Miles graduated from Effingham County High Graduate in 2013.  

 Strempke worked at Walmart in Hinesville, and Kessler, a Bradwell Institute graduate, was a special-education teacher at Effingham County High School. Kessler had two sons and recently gave birth to a daughter.

 Her father, David Strempke, retired from the U.S. Army as a first sergeant and has lived in Allenhurst since 1995.

 The crash is under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team.

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