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Jeep strikes motorcycle in residential neighborhood

September 15, 2007

Lee County -- A 33-year-old man was sent to the hospital Saturday afternoon after his motorcycle was struck by a Jeep in Lee County.

The accident occurred at the corner of Glendale Road and Heather Lane in Lee County just before 1 PM Saturday.  Amazingly, no one was seriously injured.

"We have a Jeep Wrangler, it was a 2001 model, that was traveling west on Glendale Road. The Jeep was attempting to make a left hand turn onto Heather Lane, and he turned in the path of a blue Yamaha motorcycle," said Sr. Trooper Walter Spurlin, Georgia State Patrol.

The Georgia State Patrol is investigating the accident that sent 33-year-old Bobby Miles to the hospital after his bike was struck by the 16-year-old driver of a blue Jeep Wrangler.

"Right now, the driver of the Jeep is going to be at fault because he turned into the path of the motorcycle," said Spurlin.

Residents along this posted 35-miles-per-hour stretch of Glendale Road say they were not surprised another accident took place at this location.

"It was a nice quiet Saturday morning, and now you're scared someone lost their life out here," said Jason Dowdy.

In the recent past, resident's say at least two people have been struck by vehicles while riding their bikes in a neighborhood that is home for many young children.

Dowdy says that speeders frequent this road. He said, "We have people flying up and down through here in excess of 60 to 65 miles-per-hour."

While tragedy was avoided Saturday, Dowdy urges drivers in any residential neighborhood to be cautious while behind the wheel.

"People just need to be conscious of their speed in residential neighborhoods. You don't know when a kid won't be paying attention, you're talking on your cell phone, you're speeding down the road,  and next thing you know, something tragic happens," said Dowdy. 

Bobby Miles was released Saturday afternoon from Phoebe-Putney Memorial Hospital. No word on what, if any, charges the 16-year-old driver faces.

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