A two-vehicle motor vehicle accident on Highway 16 in Georgia left one person dead and another person seriously injured.
The accident happened around 10:30 p.m. According to Deputy Chief Todd Moore with the Coweta County Fire Department, the Georgia State Patrol responded to the scene of the accident, along with several other emergency personnel. The collision occurred on Highway 16 and Clearwater Lake Road.
Initial reports from Georgia State Patrol trooper Jordan Ennis showed that a motorcycle driver was riding eastbound on Highway 16 to Senoia. A van traveling along Clearwater Lake Road turned left in front of the motorcyclist on Highway 16. Witnesses reported varying accounts of what happened. The accident is still under investigation.
The driver of the motorcycle, Billy Dedrick, was severely injured after colliding with the minivan. He was transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital where he worked, but later died as a result of his injuries. The driver of the minivan, whose name has not been released, was seriously injured. She was taken to Atlanta Medical Center for advanced trauma care.
Billy Dedrick was a beloved emergency room nurse at Piedmont Newnan Hospital. He was loved by many people, including by some of the first responders who arrived at the scene of the accident, Deputy Moore stated in his remarks about the accident.
As car accident attorneys in Augusta, we were saddened to hear about this catastrophic and tragic accident. Motorcycle collisions frequently cause more serious injuries than collisions between two four-wheeled passenger vehicles.
We send our heartfelt condolences to the family of Billy Dedrick after their sudden and tragic loss.