Motorcyclist hurt in wreck with Augusta city vehicle

Monday, March 19, 2012 2:08 PM
Last updated Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:47 AM
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A motorcyclist was injured after he was struck Monday afternoon by a city work truck.

An officer with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigates the scene of an accident where a motorcyle and truck collided on Wheeless Road in Augusta.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
An officer with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigates the scene of an accident where a motorcyle and truck collided on Wheeless Road in Augusta.

The Georgia State Patrol said 53-year-old Joseph Brooks, a truck driver for Augusta’s Engineering Department, was trying to make a left turn onto Clinton Road from Wheeless Road and pulled out in front of motorcyclist Henry Britton.

Britton, 50, lost control and skidded 35 feet, striking the truck’s passenger door, Trooper 1st Class Amelio Lamkin said.

Britton was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with a broken right leg, Lamkin said.

Brooks was hauling a trailer carrying a Bobcat. He has been a city truck driver since 2005, according to a database compiled by The Augusta Chronicle.

Lamkin said they found Brooks at fault in the accident, but he was not charged.

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TrulyWorried
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TrulyWorried 03/19/12 - 02:33 pm
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Best wishes and a speedy

Best wishes and a speedy recovery to the rider!!!

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 03/19/12 - 05:13 pm
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Ohhh no!!! This may be a

Ohhh no!!! This may be a friend of mine, too! I better check.... No, I don't know him, but this happened the next street over to my motorcylist friends, so it could very well have been. This shouldn't happen to anybody. More and more people are riding motorcycles, scooters, bicycles on the roads and walking for fitness and/or the high gas prices. Please be more alert and careful driving. Have a plan B when approaching these situations for everyone's sake.

Cinnamongirl
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Cinnamongirl 03/19/12 - 06:57 pm
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The motorcyclist, Henry

The motorcyclist, Henry Britton is also known as KiKi Britton...

Linthead
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Linthead 03/20/12 - 07:53 am
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Drug test results?

Drug test results?

Linthead
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Linthead 03/20/12 - 07:53 am
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...for the city worker?

...for the city worker?

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pointstoponder 03/20/12 - 07:54 am
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Sorry the rider was hurt.

Sorry the rider was hurt. From the photo, it looks like he target fixed on the truck. He could have swerved either direction and missed.

RogueKnight
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RogueKnight 03/20/12 - 09:32 am
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Points, are you serious? If

Points, are you serious? If he left only 35 feet of skid marks, he didn't have time to react. If he was running 40MPH, that's 58 feet per second. It looks like he laid it down and slid sideways into the truck. You obviously don't ride motorcycles. To blame the rider, who is a friend of mine, shows your ignorance, especially if the report already states the pickup driver was at fault.

wondersnevercease
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wondersnevercease 03/20/12 - 09:58 am
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drug test the truck
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drug test the truck driver..............................................

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 03/20/12 - 11:05 am
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Rogue you are right. People

Rogue you are right. People have the misconception about motorcycles and riders being able out brake and turn on a dime faster than a cage (Auto). They don't have a clue.Hope he's going to be OK. Why was no ticket wrote?

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pointstoponder 03/20/12 - 11:24 am
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I never said the rider was at

I never said the rider was at fault. I've only been riding since 1972 so I could be wrong, but I've learned if you lock it up, you have not done it right. Again, not the rider's fault, but I still think avoidance was possible.

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RogueKnight 03/20/12 - 07:38 pm
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Looks like Henry had one of

Looks like Henry had one of two choices; veer to the right and hope the truck stops so he can wind up in someone's yard sliding through their grass, or veer left, which would have put him into oncoming traffic. From the position of the vehicles, he chose veering right because left wasn't an option. Apparently, the truck didn't stop. I hope one day Georgia lawmakers will enact a failure to yield right of way law that will stiffen the penalties for these cagers who make left turns in front of motorcycles. As it is in Georgia, 2nd degree vehicular homicide is a misdemeanor, which is a slap on the wrist when a fatality occurs. http://www.topgun-lawyer.com/veh_homicide.htm

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