In the early hours of Tuesday, April 19, a two vehicle collision in northern Forsyth County left a motorcyclist with head injuries that required hospitalization, Forsyth County News reports.
According to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Epifanio Rodriguez, a pickup truck pulled out of a gas station along Browns Bridge Road at around 6 a.m., hitting a motorcycle and knocking its driver to the ground.
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That driver was taken to a local hospital to be treated for head wounds. His condition is said to not be life threatening, and it is unknown if the driver was wearing a helmet, which is required by Georgia law.
There were no other passengers in either vehicle and the driver of the pickup truck was unharmed.
Authorities have not made a statement as to the cause of the accident or what charges will be filed. They have concluded, however, that drugs and alcohol were not involved in the incident.
Emergency personnel worked over an hour to clear and reopen Browns Bridge Road after the wreck. The road reopened around 7:45 a.m., according to the sheriff’s office’s Facebook page.
Although the Georgia Highway Safety Commission reports that motorcycle accident and fatalities have decreased in Georgia since 2005, motorcyclists are still 26 times more likely than car passengers to be killed in an accident, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
The Forsyth area has experienced horrific motorcycle accidents in the past. Last spring, Forsyth County News reported on a collision in Dawson County, where a Cumming motorcyclist was killed and his passengers injured when his motorcycle was struck by a Dawsonville man’s Chevy Chase.
The driver of that Chase was charged with vehicular homicide.
Tuesday’s accident is the first known wreck involving a motorcycle in Forsyth County in 2016.