Tracking weekend accident reports: The state reports the Memorial Day Holiday travel fatality count was 11 as of 6 p.m. including the Polk County accident (see below). Other fatal accidents have occurred in Gainesville, Hinesville, Manchester, Bibb County, Thomasville, Dublin, Chatham County and Dalton. The final report is due by midday Tuedsay.
From the Georgia State Patrol:
On May 29, at 8:59 p.m., a white Chevrolet Silverado pick up was traveling west on Live Oak Road. A black Yamaha custom motorcycle was traveling north on Ga. 101. The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado failed to yield to the Yamaha motorcycle while entering Ga. 101. The left side of the Chevrolet Silverado made contact with the front end of the Yamaha motorcycle. The driver/rider of the Yamaha motorcycle, James Hulsey, suffered fatal injuries.
From Polk County Coroner Norman Smith:
Hulsey, 53, was critically injured and was to be transported by helicopter. However, his condition worsened and he was rushed to Floyd Medical Center where he passed away in the emergency center. His body is being taken to the GBI crime lab for an autopsy.
A female passenger on his motorcycle was taken to an Atlanta area hospital.
Troopers: Be careful when driving this holiday weekend. The state Department of Public Safety is encouraging motorists traveling the roadways throughout the state to practice safe driving habits this Memorial Day weekend. This year’s Memorial Day holiday travel period ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday. During the 2020 Memorial Day holiday, the Georgia State Patrol investigated 382 traffic crashes that resulted in 256 injuries and 13 fatalities. In addition to the traffic crash investigations, State Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers arrested 323 people for driving under the influence, while issuing 9,536 citations, and 9,714 warnings. Citations included 430 Hands Free violations, 936 Seat Belt, 213 Child Restraint and 33 Move Over violations.