Greenbrier grad dies in Atlanta area motorcycle wreck

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A Greenbrier High School alum died Monday in a motorcycle wreck near Atlanta.
Roy Joseph Kerlegan III, 20, of Jonesboro, Ga., and a female passenger were riding his Suzuki GSX-R sportbike on Mount Zion Parkway in Stockbridge, Ga., at about 7:15 p.m.. A BMW, driven by a Rex, Ga., man, turned left in front of the motorcycle and motorcycle struck the passenger side of the car, said Capt. Jason Bolton, a Henry County Police Department spokesman.
Kerlegan, a 2007 Greenbrier High graduate, was transported to the Henry Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Kerlegan’s passenger, whose name Bolton said he didn’t immediately know, was taken to the Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries.
Charges against the 49-year-old driver of the BMW, whose name Bolton did not immediately know, are pending, Bolton said.
Kerlegan attended Georgia State University in Atlanta where he studied business and was a member of the Pi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi co-ed professional business fraternity.

The fraternity is holding a “celebration of life” ceremony at the college’s University Center at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to posts on Facebook.
Information on the same Facebook page stated Kerlegan’s funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Platt’s Funeral Home on Belair Road in Evans. The visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday.

Reach Valerie Rowell at (706) 868-1222, ext. 110 or
valerie.rowell@augustachronicle.com

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silkysmooth
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silkysmooth 03/02/10 - 07:24 pm
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RIP TO ROY KERLEGAN. YOU WERE

RIP TO ROY KERLEGAN. YOU WERE A TRUE FRIEND AND I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU. I CAN STILL HEAR YOUR DEEP VOICE SAYING, "WHAT'S UP, SILK?" I REALLY CAN'T SAY ANYTHING BAD ABOUT YOU, BECAUSE YOU WERE JUST THAT GOOD OF A PERSON. YOU WERE A VERY HARD WORKER AND A TREMENDOUS PERSON. AS YOUR FORMER TEAMMATE AND FRIEND, I LOVE YOU. SAVE A SPOT FOR ME SOMEWHERE NEAR YOU IN HEAVEN, SO WE CAN ONE DAY PLAY SOME FOOTBALL ON HEAVEN'S GRASS. I KNOW YOUR MOTORCYCLE RIDE TO HEAVEN WILL BE A SAFE & SMOOTH RIDE. ALWAYS REMEMBER, "BURN RUBBER, NOT YOUR SOUL". RIP ROY KERLEGAN (#58) CLASS OF '07 FORVEVER!

LOVE,

BRENT
"SILK" (#84)

P.S. I KNOW YOU WOULDN'T WANT US TO CRY, SO FOR YOU, I WON'T. INSTEAD, I'LL REMEMBER THE TIMES WE SHARED IN HIGH SCHOOL, ON THE FOOTBALL TEAM, AND IN COLLEGE.

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CobaltGeorge 03/02/10 - 08:57 pm
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The worst nightmare for any

The worst nightmare for any caring parents and friends. My heart goes out to them. So Sorry!

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andreaellen 03/02/10 - 10:10 pm
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RIP Roy - may your soul rest

RIP Roy - may your soul rest in Heaven.

GHS c/o 07 Always Will Remember You!

dani
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dani 03/02/10 - 11:25 pm
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If only automobile drivers

If only automobile drivers would realize that motorcycles can't stop as quick as a car. Please don't pull out thinking they can slow down...I don't know any of the above, but my heart goes out to them all.

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Grimzine 03/02/10 - 11:35 pm
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This right here breaks my

This right here breaks my heart. Motorcycles are everywhere these days so everyone needs to be aware of their surroundings. I know I have been riding, seen a car at an intersection, I thought they saw me yet they pulled out they were actually looking past me. Bad part is as a motorcycle rider once that obsticle is in your path, its pretty much out of your hands. So Roy, I didn't know you but we are all brothers on 2 wheels so RIP

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harry kerlegan 03/02/10 - 11:56 pm
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Please pray for my family

Please pray for my family with the lost of there son Roy III , May God Take Care of Them. May His Soul Rest In Heaven...Your Cuz

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khayes21 03/03/10 - 12:07 am
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Roy, You were one of my best

Roy,
You were one of my best friends and one of the few I knew I could call for anything, whether I needed a ride or just a friend to talk to. I loved you with all my heart and I wouldn't take the last 13 years of knowing you back for anything. You were a blessing to everyone that ever knew you and I'm trying to stay strong.. for you. I'm praying for your family and I WILL meet you again someday. I love you sweetheart.

P.S. The girl who was involved in the wreck was a girl named Lindsey Smith, she attends Ga State and is no longer in critical condition. She is doing fine, and I truly believe Roy did everything in his power to save her life.

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justus4 03/03/10 - 07:55 am
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Obviously this was a tragedy
Unpublished

Obviously this was a tragedy that could have been avoided, but get ready to be disappointed again because that BMW driver's name was not released. That means something. That driver caused it, but follow the charges & pending prosecution of this case because justice is at stake. Again, a horrible incident that demands justice be served.

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RogueKnight 03/03/10 - 08:48 am
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Sincerest condolences to

Sincerest condolences to Roy's family and friends. I hope Lindsey will make a full recovery, physically and emotionally. This is a tragedy that could have been avoided if the driver of the car would have been paying closer attention. I hope the driver will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law for a right of way violation. "Look twice, save a life. Motorcycles are EVERYWHERE."

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gilmerm 03/03/10 - 10:30 am
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There are truly no words to

There are truly no words to describe this young man, he is truly a young man that every parent would want as a child, so to the family my heart goes out to you..........I'll miss you Lil ROY........

dani
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dani 03/03/10 - 10:37 am
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justus, The driver lives in

justus, The driver lives in Rex Ga, I doubt his name would mean anything in Augusta. If it is important to you, try his local papers.

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crosscreek_2014 03/03/10 - 11:05 am
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R.I.P ! Roy !

R.I.P ! Roy !

SDukes
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SDukes 03/03/10 - 04:25 pm
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We said a prayer for you

We said a prayer for you today and know GOD must have heard it. We felt a answer in our hearts although he spoke no words. We asked for happiness for the family in all the up coming days plus years great and small. But it was for his loving care for the up coming years of GODS' love our family prayer to most. We loved Roy that was the blue bird in my family. He was a good man. I'll miss him.

AWyld1
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AWyld1 03/05/10 - 01:07 am
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You must be kidding??? Now

You must be kidding??? Now justus even tries to put a racial slant on accidents too? What a race baiter!!

Nat the Cat
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Nat the Cat 03/05/10 - 01:47 am
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AWyld!--I read the Justus

AWyld!--I read the Justus 4--6:55 A.M. post earlier today, and I really did not understand it until you drew my attention to your post tonight concerning the earlier Justus 4 post, and his/her "racial slant on accidents." Upon first reading it, I didn't understand why releasing the driver's name was so important for Justus 4 to claim that "justice was at stake." Are you saying that Justus 4 feels that there is some "racial subplot" going on here related to this tragedy? Because if that is what Justus 4 is implying then what he/she is actually saying by inuendo is that an intentional crime took place, and this is not an accidental tragedy at all. Do you think that Justus 4 has some inside information regarding this incident; otherwise, why would another human being even think that this is a racially related crime instead of a tragic accident?

AWyld1
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AWyld1 03/05/10 - 10:51 am
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No, I think it's his usual

No, I think it's his usual rhetoric to make everything a racist incident....it's pathetic and I cannot believe the AC hasn't banned him. I have seen people banned for less. Every single post he makes incites racist undertones that are blatantly false in almost all of his posts. Come on AC follow your own guidelines or don't have any!

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