Motorcycles Collide With Car, 1 Dead

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Two men driving motorcycles on Macland Road in Cobb County Tuesday afternoon ended up colliding with a vehicle in a deadly wreck.
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Since: Oct 07

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Dec 11, 2007
 
I'm sure the neighbors were exaggerating about how long they were "riding up and down the roadway." Typical response from someone in Cobb County. Nevermind that someone died.
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#2
Dec 11, 2007
 
Let's face it folks, motorcycles are a cheap form of transportation, but the way some riders drive them, it seems that they have a death wish. I can't count the times I have been on 285 doing 65 when motorcycles passed me at probably 100+ mph. It's a wonder there aren't more wrecks and fatalities.
Jerry

Jacksonville, FL

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#3
Dec 11, 2007
 
Why is it when a person driving a car pulls out in front of a motorcycle, as your article stated, that it appears as
if you try to turn it back on the motorcyclist, as if somehow it's their fault!

As you guessed, I ride motorcycles. I can't stand "show offs", excessively loud bikes, bikes weaving in and out of traffic.

I dislike cars pulling out in front of bikes, disregarding the rules of the road when encountering motorcycles, and general discourtesey extended to bikers.

I dislike most, the attitued that when a car driver kills a motorcycle rider, it's appears the news media gives it the coverage of what you would expect if the car driver hit a dog.

Jerry Cannon
Snellville, Ga
TLHS04

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#4
Dec 11, 2007
 
Typical of those riding crotch rockets around the Cobb County area - you need to look out for them as they haul but up & down the roads, going in between cars, not giving a darn about anything around them. It's been an issue on I 20, and now it's moving to the surface roads!
Melissa

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#6
Dec 11, 2007
 
I live in the Macland Park subdivision, right where the accident occurred, and I could hear the motorcycles from the time I got home tonight around 6:00. I don't know what happened before then, but I do know that they had been on the road since that time. I heard them go by at least twice; my house is separated from Macland by one row of houses and a few trees, so I can actually see the road from my porch.

I also heard the crash as it happened, a little after 8. It must have been a full-speed crash, as I heard no braking or tires squealing. When I heard the sirens five minutes later, I knew it was bad. When I heard and saw the helicopter, I knew it couldn't get much worse.

I feel so sorry for the families who were affected by this tragedy. I have been praying for all of you tonight.
Drea

Dothan, AL

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#7
Dec 11, 2007
 
Forget that they were racing on Macland rd, because everyone who drives speeds as well. It is not just about motorcycles and how these people ride them, a young man had died and the other one is fighting for his life. I hate when people do not look at the fact that a death was involved, instead of complaining about some bikes racing up and down the street all day. Some people are so stupid that that say the craziest things till their love one is dead!!!!

Since: Sep 07

Marietta, GA

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#8
Dec 11, 2007
 
The majority of bikers are NOT reckless, but there are some that ruin the reputation of all others. My 17 year old son was killed on his motorcycle. He was stopped at a light and a woman plowed into the back of him. She was too busy doing something else.

Since: Jun 07

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Dec 11, 2007
 
Peeved Cerise Hombre wrote:
The majority of motorcycle riders are reckless drivers: speeding, weaving et cetera.
You bikers don't like to hear it, but the truth hurts.
WRONG....it is not the majority. Believe me...anyone paying the price for a nice crusier...is not gonna be acting stupid on there motorcycle....they cost to much to take care of.....why would any of us that love our bikes....want to race around...acting stupid....pulling in and out of traffic?

If every person had to learn to ride a motorcycle first...as in going through motorcycle classes....your driving would provide for a much safer Vehicle Driving Education.

Yes....I have witnessed many a sport bike come wizzing by me...acting like they do have a death wish....but they are not the majority. Just dumb stupid people!

Believe that car pulled out in front of them....doesn't matter how stupid the motorcycle's owners are....they were cut off...is the jest of it.

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Christi

Atlanta, GA

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Dec 11, 2007
 
Bless their hearts. I was on my way home from dinner for my brithday and passed the accident... I saw the motorcycle on the ground and just prayed, for the people involved and their families, because I knew something bad had happened.

While I do agree that many times the drivers I see on the "crotch rocket" type bikes are generally driving wrecklessly, I see plenty of plain ol' cars/trucks that drive just as wrecklessly. So who am I to pass judgement on who's fault it was?...or anyone else for that matter. As for the neighbors, Thats a VERY busy road, they are used to the traffic sounds, I'm sure they were simply reporting what they heard because they felt it was out of the ordinary and relevant.

The fact of the matter is, that vehicles are not a joke, everytime you get into a car remember that your actions can have life altering consequences for yourself, or someone elese.

Always pay attention, be curteous of others, life is too short for road rage, and most importantly, and one of my favorite bumper stickers, "look twice, save a life."

Merry Christmas and may God be with the families of all those involved.
Brian

Lawrenceville, GA

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#11
Dec 11, 2007
 
Regardless of the riders actions, speeding, or obeying the law, death is a harsh price to pay for carelessness on either part. RIP to the fallen rider, prayers to the survivors (biker and car).
MzT

Mableton, GA

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#12
Dec 11, 2007
 
God be with the family of the young man that lost his life and the young man fighting for his. Everyone PLEASE PLEASE be careful on the rodes - Bikes, cars and all. Be courteous drivers and look out for those who may not be looking out for you. When you get in your vehicle, pray for God's protection of you and those around you...God Bless us all.
Rebecca

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Dec 11, 2007
 
First off I want to say my thoughts and prayers are with the families right(esp to the 4 year old girl without a daddy now) now and 2nd I want to say that the news artical was wrong on a lot of points. The neighbors comment wasnt true. Also the young man that died was only in his young 20's I know this because he was a co-worker of my husbands. As for the comments to this story about them being reckless drivers get your facts straight before you talk about someone you dont even know. I know that if it was someone you knew or worked with you would not be saying the same thing.
WENDELL THOMPSON

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#14
Dec 11, 2007
 
How can Mr. Russell say that the motorcyles were racing when , he lives '' quite a ways back there '' and did not see them ? Things like this give riders a bad rap .. Maybe he should of actually seen them before saying they were racing . I myself have been knocked down by a vehicle turning left. I was not racing ...
WENDELL THOMPSON

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#15
Dec 11, 2007
 
What a motorcyclist does while riding is his or her choice . These actions apply to the indvidual not , riders in general. Those who are quick to judge motorcyclists by the actions of a individual rider seem to me to be lacking well , common sense . I'm glad your not riding . the majority have no idea how dangerous it is out there . Motorcyclist have to be on top of their game ''out there '' You people are dangerous . Maybe next time you are driving around and talking on your cell phone and not paying attention to your surroundings . You'll think about just why a bike gets around you so quikly sometimes ? I would love to see laws passed against phone use while driving . It would be safer for , EVERYONE. Try keeping both hands on the wheel and paying attention instead of being , so quick to judge.
dennis

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Dec 12, 2007
 
dang sad
but how did the neighbor know that it was these two racing for sure
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Dec 12, 2007
 
i know both of them guys, there from mairietta,ga. i'm sad to hear what happen. r.i.p D
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#18
Dec 12, 2007
 
I drive up and down macland all the time. The people that drive on macland certaninly don't do the speed limit. They drive on your bumper and try to make you go faster. The police are never around when you need them. Car drivers don't watch out for motorcyles. Just because they were going up and down the road dosen't mean they were speeding. Its hard to see a motorcycle but if people pay more attention they would see them. Driving is a dangerous task and people talking on phones or playing with the radio etc. must realize that they can take someones life when they don't pay attention to their driving.
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Dec 12, 2007
 
Turd Ferguson wrote:
I'm sure the neighbors were exaggerating about how long they were "riding up and down the roadway." Typical response from someone in Cobb County. Nevermind that someone died.
I used to live off Macland up near Dallas, GA.... while you may say that the neighbors were exagerating, that certainly is your opinion, just like their comment was their opinion.

But... there are a larger than normal percentage of motorcycles that run those roads... and yes, these kids make multiple runs. One of the sons of my coworker has even put a nitrous kit on his rice-burner... and they regularly run that road.

In my opinion it is totally stupid to be running the roads around Atlanta in that manner, with the number of cars on the road...

But bottom line... if you get complacent with safety, in any sport or activity, sooner or later it is going to catch up to you.

My condolences to the victim and the victim's families.
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#20
Dec 12, 2007
 
Who's to say whats wrong and whats right. Regardless of the worng that was done a life was lost. As a matter of fact the life lost was an extremely dear friend of mine. Ive known this boy since 6th grade and now his life was cut short because of a mistake. We all make them and he was no different he was only human. He had no death wish he had a daughter that he loved dearly and family to live for. He walked around with a smile and riding was a passion of his just like teaching. He wasnt showing off he just made a desicion that was not wise. I don't balme him for it we all have our time.

To my friend:
I will truly miss you, you've always made me laugh and kept a smile on my face.

I love you. R.I.P
live near macland road

Carrollton, GA

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#22
Dec 12, 2007
 
we have more bikes out here than ever. many people come from elsewhere to "race" around the twisty roads like poplar springs, wright, and handy roads. the roads are no more than mule paths that were paved over in the 70's. this had nothing to do with the cause of this accident but maybe it will discourage it. sympathy to those who grieve.

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