Two people seriously injured in Saturday evening motorcycle wreck

SHEILA A. MATHEWS :::

Two people were seriously injured Saturday in a wreck involving a motorcycle and a Griffin Police Department patrol car. The wreck occurred at 6:05 p.m. in the intersection of North Hill and Broadway streets.

According to Cpl. R. Youngblood, of the Griffin State Patrol-Griffin Post, the incident occurred when Timothy Atkinson, age 38, of 107 Elm St., the motorcycle operator, failed to yield the right-of-way to GPD Officer Brian Dorety, who was on duty at the time of the wreck.

Youngblood’s investigation determined that Atkinson had been traveling west on East Broadway Street before stopping at its intersection with North Hill Street. Dorety was traveling south on North Hill Street when Atkinson entered the intersection, where they collided.

The front of Dorety’s patrol car struck the right side of the motorcycle, Youngblood reported.

Youngblood also said Atkinson did not possess a valid motorcycle driver’s permit.
He also reported that one witness to the incident stated it seemed that Dorety and Atkinson “never saw each other coming.”

This witness also stated that Atkinson and his passenger, 21-year-old Deric McCall, were wearing helmets that came off after the impact of the collision.

Atkinson and McCall were both transported by air ambulance to the Trauma Unit of Atlanta Medical Center.

GPD Chief Mike Yates confirmed Dorety was physically uninjured in the wreck and was able to return to duty.

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