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Georgia Motorcycle Tragedies Hit Close to Home

iStock_000006752189XSmallMemorial Day weekend ended in tragedy for two very popular Georgians. Both lost their lives while riding their motorcycles. On Monday afternoon, Memorial Day, a College Park police officer’s stellar career was cut short when he lost control of his bike and hit a median strip. He was riding on I-20 in Covington and was taken to a local hospital, but passed away there. The department chief and the entire department is struggling to cope with the loss. Our hearts go out to the men and women who served with him and his family.

Another fatal motorcycle crash took the life of a popular food truck owner over Memorial Day weekend. The owner of a jerk chicken grill food truck, who’s Jamaican heritage informed his recipes, was killed in a crash. His family is left with no income as the recipes were all kept only in the truck owner’s head and hands. The well-liked chef was killed while “racing” two other riders.

The Georgia State Patrol reportedly is investigating the crash. It appears that the riders were racing at about 75 mph in a 35 mph zone. The officer tried to get the riders to slow down. Only minutes later, an accident was reported in which the chef was ejected off his bike and was critically injured, passing away later at Grady Memorial Hospital. While the precise cause of Sunday’s racing crash is not known, it might well be that alcohol played a role. The chef had been at a Memorial Day party earlier in the day.

These two Georgia tragedies appear to have very different causes. The loss of control of a bike can happen to anyone at any time depending on speed and road conditions. Since the officer was an experienced rider, his tragic passing reminds us that any rider can meet road conditions or travel at a speed that makes it difficult to control his or her bike under specific conditions. The “rising star’s” loss might have been avoidable, but we may never know precisely what caused him to lose control of his bike. In the second crash, the cause of the rider’s demise is more clear. If he had been drinking, we know that the potential for a fatal crash rises exponentially. We do not know the cause of the crash that took the chef’s life, but racing other bikes with an officer trying to get the bikes to slow down, indicates a potential impaired judgment.

Scholle Law hopes that the loved ones and the communities of these two men will find ways to honor their memories. Our hearts are with them as they grieve their losses.