It has been a rough Labor Day weekend on Northwest Georgia roads, from a serious motorcycle accident on I-75, another close call involving a motorcycle and Moped and an earlier collision that claimed three young lives — two at the scene and a third who died Saturday. They’re among the 15 people to die on Georgia roads so far this Labor Day weekend. The following information on all three accidents comes from the Georgia State Patrol:
Sunday afternoon, Gordon County:
At 3:05 p.m. Sunday, GSP’s Post 43 in Calhoun was requested to investigate a single-vehicle crash that involved a 2007 Harley Davidson motorcycle on Interstate 75 south just north of Ga 156 (Red Bud Road). The preliminary investigation found that the driver of the Harley, Michael Nicely, 67, of Alpharetta, had drifted into the median and struck a guardrail. . Nicely was flown to Erlanger for medical treatment. It is unknown at this time why the driver and vehicle drifted into the median and struck the guardrail.
The crash remains under investigation.
The accident had parts of I-75 southbound backing up for miles. The wreck was finally cleared around 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
Sunday evening, Chattooga County:
On Sept. 5, at 6:22 p.m., the Georgia State Patrol Post 38 Rome was requested to investigate a two-vehicle crash on Mountain View Road near GA 1.
The preliminary investigation found that 2012 Moped was attempting to exit a parking lot and turn left onto Mountain View Road. A 2020 Kawasaki motorcycle was traveling west on Mountain View Road. The Moped failed to yield to the Kawasaki motorcycle and pulled into its path.
Prior to impact, the moped was laid down on its right side and then struck by the Kawasaki motorcycle on its undercarriage with the front tire of the Kawasaki. After impact, the driver of the Kawasaki lost controlled and laid the motorcycle down on its right side.
The rider of the Kawasaki motorcycle sustained minor injuries in the crash.
Friday night accident claims three lives:
On Friday at 9 p.m., the GSP Post 5 in Dalton was requested to investigate a three-vehicle crash with fatalities on GA 3 at Haig Mill Lake Road.
The preliminary investigation shows that a white 2013 Ford Fusion was traveling south on GA 3 and failed to maintain its lane; it traveled into the northbound lanes. The 2013 white Ford Fusion struck a silver 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 head on.
After impact, the Fusion rotated clockwise and traveled into the outside lane ,striking a 2011 Ford Taurus. After impact, all vehicles came to an uncontrolled final rest in the roadway.
Two passengers in the Fusion suffered fatal injuries: Kierra Clay, who would have turned 19 on Sunday, and Bethany Rose Pizarro, who would have turned 18 later this month.
The driver of the Fusion, Kathryn Beasley, 19, was transported to Erlanger Hospital by air in critical condition. On the evening of Sept. 4, the Georgia State Patrol was notified that Beasley passed away. The two other drivers sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
The Georgia State Patrol’s Specialized Collison Reconstruction Team is assisting with this investigation, which is continuing.