Motorcyclist Dies in Accident

by Wes Mayer / Wesley@newnan.com

A motorcyclist died Sunday after colliding with another vehicle on Temple Avenue in Newnan.

Around 12:12 p.m. the motorcyclist, Brandon M. Williamson, was traveling west on Temple Avenue, heading away from town, on his 2001 Honda CBR-600. According to Sgt. Lane Yearta with the Newnan Police Department, witnesses said Williamson was speeding when he ran into a 2012 Chevrolet Sonic headed east and turning left into the Westside Plaza shopping center located at Temple Avenue and Hospital Road/ Franklin Road.

Williamson ran into the Chevrolet between the headlight and front tire on the passenger’s side, and he was ejected from his motorcycle, Yearta said. After emergency response arrived, Williamson was pronounced dead on scene.

Temple Avenue was closed for around three hours while Newnan Police officers Scott Milam, Brent McComas and Yearta investigated the accident. Multiple witnesses told officers they saw Williamson speed down Temple Avenue after being stopped at the light at the intersection with Hospital/ Franklin roads. A vehicle was damaged by debris while it was stopped at the driveway entrance of the shopping center, and the driver of that vehicle also witnessed Williamson traveling at a high rate of speed, authorities said.

According to Yearta, judging by the damage to both vehicles, Williamson was traveling well over the 35 mph speed limit. Officers will continue to investigate the accident to more closely determine Williamson’s speed, and Temple Avenue will be temporarily closed when that investigation takes place. Officer Milam is the officer in charge investigating the accident.

The driver of the Chevrolet, Joshua Christopher Tuck, 21, is being charged with failure to yield and vehicular homicide, both misdemeanors because the fatality was an accident, Yearta said. Regardless of how fast a vehicle is traveling, a driver turning left must always yield to oncoming traffic.

Williamson was 31 years old. He was from Douglasville and was temporarily staying in Newnan, and most of his family is from Douglas County, Yearta said.



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