An Augusta family is mourning the loss of a 21-year-old man killed in a motorcycle crash.
The man was riding his motorcycle on April 12 when a 20-year-old woman, traveling in the same direction in front of him, decided to make a U-turn. She turned in front of the motorcyclist.
However, the man couldn’t stop his motorcycle, and he hit the side of her car. The Richmond County coroner said he died of blunt-force trauma at Augusta University Medical Center. An autopsy was not performed.
Later this month, the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office arrested the young woman on suspicion of misdemeanor homicide by vehicle and making an improper U-turn when unsafe.
The woman is not unfamiliar to the man’s family. She said she was coming from the home of the man’s mother. As she was driving, she says she recalled that she left something at the house. The driver made the U-turn so that she could go back to the home to retrieve the forgotten item. She told authorities she looked both ways.
The man’s motorcycle continued to travel south nearly 20 feet before it came to a stop. The man was thrown more than 65 feet, according to sheriff’s office.
This is a tragic incident that ended the life of one person and left another life forever changed. The man’s family must cope with funeral costs in the immediate and with their grief in the long term.
If you have been injured by a driver or a loved one has been killed, a consultation with an attorney experienced in personal injury cases is wise so that you can determine what legal options you have..