In a news release issued by the Georgia State Patrol on Feb. 20, authorities say that drugs may be a contributing factor in a collision that claimed the life of a motorcyclist in Valdosta on Feb. 19. The accident was under investigation, and Georgia State Patrol Troop H Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team was asking anyone who may have witnessed the deadly accident to reach out.
The crash occurred in Lowndes County on GA 376 at Whitewater Road, and police responded to the scene at approximately 6:42 p.m. Preliminary reports indicate that the 26-year-old woman who was driving an eastbound silver 2004 Jeep Cherokee failed to give way to an oncoming 2003 Honda motorcycle as she attempted to make a left turn onto Whitewater Road in front of it. The red motorcycle subsequently crashed into the front passenger side of the Jeep, which had traveled into its path.
Following the collision, the 54-year-old motorcyclist was transported to South Georgia Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Sources say that the woman was wearing a DO-approved helmet when the accident occurred.
The news release indicates that charges may be filed in this case pending the toxicology report and the outcome of the SCRT investigation. People who lose loved ones in a fatal fatal motorcycle crash under similar circumstances may be able to seek compensation for their losses in civil court. In such cases, surviving family members may find it beneficial to seek the advice of a attorney, who could prepare a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf and seek applicable damages.
Source: WCTV, "One Person Dead in Valdosta Motorcycle Crash," Georgia State Patrol, Feb. 22, 2016