Bicyclist killed on Peach Orchard Road early Friday

Friday, May 24, 2013 4:59 AM
Last updated Saturday, May 25, 2013 1:49 AM
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Police say a 33-year-old bicyclist killed Friday after being hit from behind did not have safety equipment on his bike.

According to investigating deputies, the bicycle ridden by Robert Daniel Holden Jr., of Hephzibah, did not have lights and had only a 1-inch reflector on the back. The reflector was damaged in the collision, and it could not be determined whether it was visible.

There was an orange safety vest wrapped around the top tube of the bike’s frame, but it would not have been visible to traffic behind Holden.

Police said Holden was pedaling in the middle of the southbound right lane in the 3500 block of Peach Orchard Road at 12:55 a.m. when he was hit by a 1999 Oldmobile driven by Edward Farrow, 49, of Hephzibah.

The collision threw Holden from the bike and into the southbound center lane. Deputy Coroner Kenneth Booze said Holden was pronounced dead at the scene from blunt force trauma about 1:30 a.m.

Farrow told police he did not see Holden until it was too late. Other drivers said they did not see the cyclist until the crash.

The report said the lack of lights and appropriate reflective gear greatly contributed to the collision.

Holden was determined to be at fault.

This is the second cyclist fatality in Richmond County in fewer than two weeks.

Cyclist Dennis John Skillman, 42, of Old Waynesboro Road, was fatally hit on Mike Padgett Highway while going to work May 15. Police said Christopher Provost, 35, of Hephzibah, left the scene, but he has since been charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police said Provost veered off the road, hitting the cyclist.

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KSL
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KSL 05/24/13 - 08:51 pm
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Bike riders and pedestrians

Bike riders and pedestrians need to take into account times of day when the sun is in the eyes of a driver, as well, particularly on roads where there are narrow shoulders.

harley_52
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harley_52 05/24/13 - 08:55 pm
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Riding Against Traffic...

You are a wise man, RM.

KSL
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KSL 05/24/13 - 08:58 pm
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In junior high and high

In junior high and high school, I used to ride my horse on the shoulder of the county roads. In which direction regarding traffic was I supposed to ride?

KSL
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KSL 05/24/13 - 09:00 pm
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Asside

I would much rather be on a horse than a bicycle.

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Riverman1 05/24/13 - 10:32 pm
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Well, Harley, you laid out

Well, Harley, you laid out the case well. I agree with ALL your posts on the subject.

maandpa
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maandpa 05/25/13 - 08:11 am
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Bike Riding on Hwy 25

Riding on Peach Orchard Road (Hwy 25) at 12:30 at night, a road with semi trucks going up and down blocking views, is not a wise idea. I would not ride on any road. Recently, I saw one cyclist on William Few Parkway a couple of weeks ago riding on the dirt trail 8-10 feet off the road; that rider obviously wanted to arrive alive and if I were to ride on a road that's the way I would ride a bike. So even if bike riding lanes were put in on Peach Orchard, I still would not ride a bike on a major highway.

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oldredneckman96 05/25/13 - 10:58 am
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Holden was determined to be at fault, officials stated.
Unpublished

OK, what was his fault? He was doing what the State of Georgia said to do. He was acting like his bike was a vehicle. If he was "at fault" then arrest every bicycle seen on a roadway. If he was not at fault then change the laws to allow bicycles to use the sidewalks and ride the same as a pedestrian, facing traffic. We have to stop killing people for the sake of political correctness. Edward Farrow will suffer for the rest of his life and Holden is dead and for what?

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nocnoc 05/25/13 - 07:45 pm
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Countyman what we need and What we can afford

are 2 vastly different things.
To implement a Bike/ SideWalk project From Tubman Home Rd to Hephzibah 88 would entail:
additional Right of way purchases, Utility moves,Lights, traffic lights and signage, paving, stripping, upkeep etc.............
I think I am fair in saying over $1.25 Million per mile to start and 5K a year mile to maintain. That's about 10 miles or $12.500,000. ($12.5M) just for US-25 just to start..

We still have 10 or 12 such roads in ARC.

Want to bet at best 20 bike use it a day?

Assuming these figures are fair, that is $62,500 per rider per year to start or $171.24 per rider per day.

Assuming $50K in Maintenance a year that's $2500 per year per rider.

Heck ARC is so BROKE they cut trash pick up 1/2 and raised the rates and Fred Russell wants to tax us for the Rain

nocnoc
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nocnoc 05/25/13 - 07:48 pm
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BTW: IF A BIKE PATH is installed,

want take a bet that the 1st Bike Path is NOT on the South Side where the 2 deaths occurred?

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