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Sign May Have Contributed To Deadly Carthage Accident

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CARTHAGE, N.C. — Jennifer Kiser was killed Thursday when she and Heidi Dewitt pulled out in front of a dump truck at an intersection of Highway 15/501 and Union Church Road. Some people are wondering if a sign at Pep's White Horse restaurant is partially to blame.

Some claim the restaurant's sign causes motorists to inch closer to the road to get a full view of oncoming traffic.

"I don't think that sign should be there," resident Melissa Hollen said. "You have to get out so far to see if there's a car coming."

"I've been left to feel that everyone wants to blame me for the accident," said Bettyrene Richardson, who owns the sign.

Town officials said Bettyrene Richardson's sign does not break any town laws. Richardson's family feels the issue is bigger than the sign.

They say the road that Kiser was traveling on is so short that it almost appears to be part of a nearby gas station. Years ago, the Richardsons asked the town to have the cut-through road closed.

"As this area keeps growing up, this is going to be a bigger problem for this particular street," said Michael Richardson, Bettyrene's son.

The state Department of Transportation said the sign is not in the right of way, so the matter is a town issue. Carthage town council members may talk about it at the next meeting.

Dewitt is listed in serious condition. Kiser's visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday. Her funeral will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the Union Pines High School Auditorium.