Man injured in moped crash on Deans Bridge Road

Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 8:13 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011 2:08 AM
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A man driving a moped received massive head injuries after a pickup and the moped collided about 6:15 p.m. Saturday on Deans Bridge Road about a quarter-mile from Fort Gordon’s Gate 5. Phillip Tweety was transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital where he was listed in critical condition.

Two mopeds driven by Tweety and his wife, Janie Tweety, were traveling side-by-side in the right southbound lane of Deans Bridge Road when officers think the truck swerved from the left lane and hit the moped from behind, said Lt. Randal Prickett, of the Richmond County Special Operations Division. The wife’s moped, which was closet to the lane shoulder, was not hit by the truck. She was taken to the hospital by car for minor scratches she got while laying down her moped on the roadside, Prickett said.

The driver of the truck, James Adams, was not injured. The accident is still under investigation and charges are pending against the truck driver and moped drivers, who are believed to be an elderly couple, Prickett said. The couple were wearing helmets.

Deans Bridge Road southbound was closed for about two hours while traffic was diverted to Old Highway 1.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 10/08/11 - 10:34 pm
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I absolutely knew that I

I absolutely knew that I would be seeing this story in the AC. I saw this same couple on Washington Road coming from Martinez into Evans one week ago.

I was behind them and could not believe they were on the road riding those tiny mopeds, wearing street clothing and helmets with minimal protection. They were riding side by side, going slow, gazing around enjoying the scenery.

I did not want to be close to them and I carefully passed when I could do so safely. I then began to watch them in the rear view mirror as cars lined up for miles behind them.

I came home and told my husband, I had a terrible feeling we would be reading about them soon. I am so glad the lady was not hurt and I pray her husband will be okay and that they retire those mopeds.

Me
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Me 10/08/11 - 10:51 pm
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I do hope that the family

I do hope that the family knows that many are supporting them and wishing them well in their time of grief. It is a very tragic accident that happened. Not only to the couple on the mopeds, but the driver of the truck and the witnesses of the accident. May God be with you all.
With that being said, as much as I hate to hear about this couple, maybe this will be a lesson to others! I am waiting to hear about the guys who ride down Dieway 56 on Mopeds!
Yes, you read this right! They are out there several different times a week, blocking traffic, giving every normal person around them high blood pressure due to the fact we know we are watching an accident about to happen at any moment! Hitting the max speed of 35 - 40, truckers, cars, trucks, motorcycles and school buses are all bunched up, trying to pass the person(s) safely, without getting themselves killed in process...and the scooter person seemingly oblivious to it all!!
Ride your Mopeds, there is no problem with them. Just please, only on roads where the speed limits support them! Not major highways. This is not only for your safety, but mine and my families, also.

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frednasc 10/08/11 - 11:14 pm
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these folks have been riding

these folks have been riding bikes on the streets for as long as I can remember- people in cars and trucks should regonize the existence of other objects capable of movement and share the road. My concern now is of the health of the people injured-get well soon

Mizz_reddiamond
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Mizz_reddiamond 10/09/11 - 04:03 am
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Sad to hear this news of Mr.

Sad to hear this news of Mr. and Mrs. Tweety (Amish or Mennonites) that would always ride their bikes to Walmart. I was pleased to see them upgrade to mopeds but now sad that the Mr. Has been injured. This accident is no excuse...the driver of the pick-up should've been aware of the riders. I pray he recovers well.

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NOCOUNTRYFOROLDMEN 10/09/11 - 04:17 am
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If this is the same couple I

If this is the same couple I am thinking of, I have been seeing this couple for several years. They always wear the same outfits, both dressed in denim. I have seen them riding their bicycles on Bel Air Road in Martinez-Evans heading the direction of the Evans Wal Mart (I assumed). Yes, other objects such as bicycles, mopeds etc have the right to use to the road (although bicycles don't require tags, ie. pay taxes like auto owners) but surely common sense would dictate that it is dangerous to be out in high speed traffic on a slow moving vehicle. Perhaps they were in the driver's blind spot. It is hard to see cars in the blind spot - much less a small moped.

nothin2show4it
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nothin2show4it 10/09/11 - 06:55 am
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While my heart goes out out
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While my heart goes out out to Mr. Tweety and his wife I can't believe some of the comments here.

Why would peoples blood pressures be up trying to get around them safely? Safety has nothing to do with it. Selfishness and inflated self worth does. People are in way to much of a hurry to regard other human life.

Next time you see a school bus stopping to pick up a few children watch how cars will run the warning and stop sign so that they do not have to wait or how they will pull out in front of busses or anyone for that matter because they are ti impatient to wait.

Mt. Tweety I hope you come through this quickly and I'm praying for you.

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tanbaby 10/09/11 - 07:29 am
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anybody who has driven down
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anybody who has driven down deans bridge rd for any period of time ( and i don't mean a long time, i mean maybe a few weeks) should have seen this couple riding on the side of the road....they have been doing this for years. and yes it is a dangerous place for them to be, although i have never seen an extreme amount of traffic at any time on deans bridge rd that far out. the report does not say that traffic was heavy, it says that the driver of the truck SWERVED from the left lane and hit the moped from behind...not that it was so busy out there that he couldn't get around them....guess he wanted to show this elderly couple who really is in charge out there...praying for mr. tweety's recovery...

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corgimom 10/09/11 - 07:30 am
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People's blood pressures go

People's blood pressures go up because they don't want to have an accident, nor do they want to follow a moped for miles and miles and miles. It has nothing to do with selfishness and inflated self-worth. What IS selfish, however, is to let traffic pile up behind you and not pull over. How difficult is it to pull over?

Many states have a rule that if you are going slower than the speed limit, and more than 5 cars are behind you, you must pull over and let them pass. That's a common-sense rule that I wish all states would adopt.

Mopeds have a right to be on the road. Absolutely. However, moped vs truck means the moped will lose, everytime.

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corgimom 10/09/11 - 07:33 am
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Tanbaby, for all you know, he

Tanbaby, for all you know, he swerved to avoid something in the road. I cannot believe that you would take it upon yourself to decide that "he wanted to show this elderly couple who really is in charge out there". What an irresponsible and terrible thing to say.

tanbaby
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tanbaby 10/09/11 - 07:42 am
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corgimom, it was not meant to
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corgimom, it was not meant to be "irresponsible and terrible"...have you not paid attention to how people drive these days??? everyone thinks they own the road and that no one else has a right to be out there...especially young drivers... and as far as swerving to avoid something in the road, what would you be trying to avoid that makes it okay to hit a human on a moped???? time will tell....

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scoobynews 10/09/11 - 08:06 am
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I was behind this couple

I was behind this couple while going towards Augusta on Deans Bridge. They were both riding side by side in ONE lane. This is usually how I see them when I run up on them. There was very little traffic because it was a Saturday so I merged over to the other lane with no problem. As for blaming these people for backing up traffic I can think of several car and truck drivers that do the same exact thing. I use to encounter one such person in a white truck on the way to work so often I had to make sure I left early enough to avoid him. He would not go over 40 on a road that was curvy with the speed limit of 55. Talk about a long drive to work. Then on the flip side I have had my tail rode by cars while I was going a good 55 to 60 only to have them breeze past me like I was riding a bike. People need to be aware that the road is here for all of us to share please be mindful of ALL drivers on the roads. I hope that Mr. Tweety will be ok. They appear to be a sweet loving couple something very rare in this day and time. Prays to the family.

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seenitB4 10/09/11 - 08:08 am
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Recently this happenend in

Recently this happenend in Gwinnett county......A motorcyle rider was riding along traffic on I-85 near the connect with I-985 ....a car hit a big
piece of tire in the highway ...that tire piece was thrown toward the motorcylce & the rider was hit & thrown into heavy traffic (a freak accident) the rider was then in the path of an 18-wheeler......the 18-wheeler had no place to go & hit the man....killed him.
The first car couldn't see the tire piece until too late
The motorcyle rider was an innocent driver
The 18-wheeler couldn't help because there wasn't time or room to move...Sometimes it is an accident.

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allhans 10/09/11 - 08:15 am
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I agree with Fred. There is

I agree with Fred.
There is no reason that we can't share the roads with slower vehicles. Or pedestrians.
Thousand are protesters across the country because of what they are calling "Wall Street" greed.
Goodness me. Greed is not limited to Wall St and the wealthy.
There are people living under the poverty level that is "greedy".
Selfishness/greed is not limited to any one sector and is one of the great sins of men.

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Patty-P 10/09/11 - 10:34 am
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Very tragic

Very tragic accident.
NoCountry said...' surely common sense would dictate that it is dangerous to be out in high speed traffic on a slow moving vehicle. Perhaps they were in the driver's blind spot. It is hard to see cars in the blind spot - much less a small moped.'
I completely agree. I'm not sure how fast the mopeds were being driven, but they can sometimes be difficult to spot in a higher traffic, higher speed area such as a highway. I think it would be dangerous to ride a bike or drive a slow-riding moped on the highway. Seems like there has to be certain precautions they need to take because a bike/moped is not the equivalent of a motorcycle or car.

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JRC2024 10/09/11 - 11:35 am
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I have seen them on

I have seen them on Washington Road in heavy traffic. No need to get upset. If you pass you will just have to wait up ahead. Prays to Mr. Tweety. What is a minuet or two later mean to you? Nothing.

Crime Reports and Rewards TV
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Crime Reports and Rewards TV 10/09/11 - 12:35 pm
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How hard can it be to move

How hard can it be to move ones foot off the gas and give a fellow human being a few seconds to live? Currently folks are running over even full size cars as they are racing to their next cigarette, or their next beer, or their next pill, or they just run over anything not fast enough to get out of their way so they can go home and resume being couch potatoes. The death of Mathew Burke showed that a loose nut behind the wheel can KILL. When you get into a several thousand pound vehicle and put your foot on the gas you’re taking EVERYONE’s life into your lazy gas guzzling hands. The next time someone slaughters those saving precious fuel they should be made an example of. Those who cannot share the earth with its fellow inhabitants who are living simply so others may simply live without slaughtering them should not be allowed a second chance to kill. Hang up the cell phone, put away the fast food, put out the cigarette, stop primping, put down the nail polish, stop playing with all your car toys, stop trying to peek down women’s dresses on the roads, and DRIVE. I’m approaching 2 million miles on roads all over the world, and have never even come close to killing anyone even though sometimes they really did jump out in front of me… because i C-A-R-E...Killers DON’T care, they just SAY they do but their ACTIONS speak louder than words.

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Frank I 10/09/11 - 01:37 pm
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last time I noticed, the only

last time I noticed, the only place I've seen a minimum speed limit was on the interstate.. positive thoughts going out for the Tweetys

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nothin2show4it 10/09/11 - 01:44 pm
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Corgi, with your comment I
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Corgi, with your comment I rest my case. 55mph is a maximum speed limit not a minimum. The max is for when conditions are good. Heavy traffic is not good conditions. Some people get it in their heads that when there is heavy traffic they should drive 70mph and dart in and out of traffic.
Georgia does have minimum speed limits. When there is one it is posted for all to see. It isn't slower traffics responsibility to move over to the shoulder so that a selfish and rude person can get around them. They need to be patient enough to wait until traffic in another lane clears enough so that they can safely pass around them.

The fact that you think they should get out of your way proves my point. I'd like to own and ride one of those mopeds but it is that kind of thinking that tells me I'd be risking my life for that kind of selfishness.

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Bruno 10/09/11 - 08:07 pm
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I am not familiar with that

I am not familiar with that particular stretch of road. What is the posted speed limit? Were they doing the speed limit?

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krissy 10/09/11 - 10:50 pm
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Thats my Nanny and the Man

Thats my Nanny and the Man she been with for a long time. they always road bikes and stuff like that on the road for years. But it not nice to talk about people in a bad way if people are going to talk about other people let it be nice things. There are people that walk down the road ride bike an all. Ever one just needs to watch out for them.

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nothin2show4it 10/10/11 - 06:16 pm
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I agree with you Krissy. I
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I agree with you Krissy. I hope they recover soon.

Today I was driving home, in the rain. Belair Rd posted speed limit 45, now mind you that is the limit IF conditions are good. Wet roads, slick, rush hour traffic and people are passing me like I am sitting still. There is a pickup behind me riding my bumper maybe 10 ft behind. When people drive like this my life is in their hands. What is not selfish about this?

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NE1 10/13/11 - 09:30 pm
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PHILLIP TWEEDY IS MY FATHER,

PHILLIP TWEEDY IS MY FATHER, MY NAME IS SCOTT I RESIDE IN OHIO. FIRST AND FOREMOST GOD IS WITH MY DAD, THAT INSURES THAT HE IS IN VERY GOOD HANDS. I READ, AND AT FIRST I HAD THE WRONG ATTITUDE THAT OF REVENGE, FOR THOSE WHOM HAVE NOT THE TIME TO ENJOY GODS GIFTS. THE FAST PACE OF THOSE GOING NOWHERE FAST, BUT WANTING TO GET THERE SUCH THAT MAY TAKE A LIFE. KNOWING AND ONCE LIVING THAT HEADED ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE FAST LIFESTYLE DOES NOT MAKE ME DIFFERENT. ARRIVING AT THE HOSPITAL IN 1982 DEAD ON ARRIVAL BECAUSE I TOO HAD TO GET NOWHERE FAST DOES. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU...................................

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southerngirl2626 10/18/11 - 03:01 pm
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Hi Scott, my name is Melissa.

Hi Scott, my name is Melissa. I live on willis forman rd. My heart goes out to you and your family. Your father was a very kind, gentle man. I have known your mother and father all my life. They would always wave to us if they seen us in the yard. They would even stop to talk sometimes. I am going to miss Mr. Phillip soo much. They might not realize it but they have impacted so many peoples lives. The comments some of these people are saying makes me angry because your mother and father never done any harm to anyone.
If you or your family need anything please don't hesistate to contact me. My email address is southerngirl2626@comcast.net.

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wbadams1031 10/23/11 - 03:34 pm
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Our thoughts and prayers go

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Tweetys and their family

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