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Biker critically injured in wreck

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THOMSON --- A 26-year-old Columbia County motorcyclist was critically injured Sunday afternoon when the driver of a pickup pulled into his path on a rural road in McDuffie County, authorities said.

Trooper Willie Ramsey of the Georgia State Patrol post in Thomson identified the injured man as Quentin Martin, of Harlem. He was taken by helicopter to Medical College of Georgia Hospital, where he was in critical condition with head and internal injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mr. Martin could face drug charges, police said. A large plastic bag containing smaller bags of what is believed to be marijuana was found on Mr. Martin, Trooper Ramsey said.

The crash occurred shortly before 2 p.m. in the 600 block of Boneville Road. Matthew Isaiah James, of the 1200 block of Ponderosa Drive, Thomson, was preparing to make a left turn into the driveway of a friend's home, according to police. Mr. Martin's Honda 600 motorcycle struck the right side of the Ford F-150, left the road and flipped several times before slamming into a utility pole.

Mr. James was charged with failure to yield right of way and driving with defective tires, Trooper Ramsey said. Charges also are pending against Mr. Martin, he said.

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patriciathomas 11/10/08 - 08:25 am
Riding a bike is fun, but

Riding a bike is fun, but you're the smallest thing on the road. No respect is all you'll ever expect if you wish to stay alive.

stadry 11/10/08 - 09:42 am
the odds the rider was

the odds the rider was wearing protective clothing & a decent helmet're low from what i've noticed is the norm here

disssman 11/10/08 - 11:13 am
Stadry you are right but I'll

Stadry you are right but I'll bet he looked cool all laid down on that bike and i'll bet he had to prove he could ride it by driving around a parking lot at about 10 MPH to get his license!

illini 11/10/08 - 12:45 pm
"Large bag containing smaller

"Large bag containing smaller bags of MJ". Sounds like our dealer friend was out making deliveries.

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