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March 24, 2014

Motorcyclist dies on Meriwether Road

MILLEDGEVILLE —

The strip of Meriwether Road less than a half-mile before Ga. 24 turned deadly for a motorcyclist early Sunday morning.

A 2001 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by Milledgeville resident Ronald Allan Wright, 58, crossed the centerline into the eastbound lane at 12:53 a.m., according to the Georgia State Patrol crash report.

While entering a curve to the right, the bike came into the path of a 1994 Jeep Wrangler SUV operated by 41-year-old Ryan James Rickard.

According to the accident report, Rickard applied his brakes and steered to the right in order to avoid the motorcycle. The Jeep left the roadway with its passenger’s side tires during the evasive maneuver.

Wright’s bike veered onto the south Meriwether shoulder, traveling for approximately 49 feet, according to GSP.

The motorcycle’s front struck the Wrangler’s right side fender.

According to the report, “impact occurred approximately five feet from the white fog line on the south shoulder of the roadway.” 

Wright was ejected more than 40 feet after impact.

“He came to rest on his back on the south side of the roadway near the tree line,” the responding trooper stated in the report.

The motorcycle rotated clockwise going 24 feet away from the impact location coming to an “uncontrolled rest” on the south side of Meriwether.

GSP said the Jeep ended the accident in the westbound lane facing south.

An investigating trooper did observe “an odor of alcoholic beverage” coming from the deceased driver’s person, according to the GSP report.

Baldwin County Coroner John Gonzalez drew blood at the scene around 2 a.m. Sunday.

The trooper on the scene collected and sealed the samples in a current GBI DOFS Blood Kit to be sent for testing. Results were pending at press time.

Family of the deceased male was notified of the crash.

Rickard told GSP that he veered right attempting to avoid the bike, but was unable to do so.

“Both stated that they did not see anything that would have caused the motorcycle to swerve,” the report stated.

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