UPDATED: Motorcyclist killed in morning accident on I-20

Saturday, June 27, 2009 11:29 AM
Last updated 7:32 PM
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A motorcyclist was killed this morning after colliding with another vehicle on Interstate 20 near the Belair Road exit in Columbia County, according to the county coroner.

Larry Thomas White, 61, of the 600 block of Honeysuckle Road in Gainesville, Ga., was pronounced dead at the scene at about 9:45 a.m., said Columbia County Coroner Vernon Collins.

The accident occurred near the exit 194 overpass on I-20 at about 9 a.m., Mr. Collins said.

Mr. White was driving a 2006 Harley Davidson bike and failed to see slow-moving traffic ahead in a construction zone, said Columbia County sheriff’s Sgt. A.J. Lyons. Mr. White braked and slid into the rear end of a Nissan Frontier, Sgt. Lyons said. Mr. White was thrown from the bike, causing his body to hit the back of a car, he said.

“I just don’t think he saw what was happening in time,” Sgt. Lyons said.

Mr. White died of blunt force trauma to the head, Mr. Collins said. No one else was injured.

The wreck temporarily halted traffic on I-20.

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Nammy3
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Nammy3 06/27/09 - 12:12 pm
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Whodat? No update yet?

Whodat? No update yet?

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RogueKnight 06/27/09 - 12:58 pm
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A friend of mine who works at

A friend of mine who works at Augusta HD said he heard it was a Harley rider from Gainesville, GA. Very sad news, any time a rider goes down. Sounds like maybe it was a case of too fast for conditions? We'll find out soon enough.

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Billy Shears 06/27/09 - 01:07 pm
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Thanks Rogue - That location

Thanks Rogue - That location and time of day seemed to point to a HOG rider. I haven't heard anything about who it may have been either.

4 ever young
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4 ever young 06/27/09 - 01:18 pm
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I believe he was headed to a

I believe he was headed to a funeral for a veteran.

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redapples 06/27/09 - 01:24 pm
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So tragic!

So tragic!

NA10S
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NA10S 06/27/09 - 03:08 pm
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He was a Patriot Guard headed

He was a Patriot Guard headed to North Augusta to stand for a fellow Patriot Guard's father's funeral who was a veteran...GOD BLESS this family and his friend's...what a person this man had to be...

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RogueKnight 06/27/09 - 03:17 pm
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Now that his identity has

Now that his identity has been released, and the purpose of his trip to Augusta, I feel even worse for him and his family. Here he was trying to be there for a fallen veteran. Patriot Guard Riders are a noble group of people whose hearts are in the right place. I have told my family that if I die in a motorcycle accident, don't be sad for me. I went out doing what I loved to do. I hope his family can see it that way. Still, my condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Mr. White.

Billy Shears
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Billy Shears 06/27/09 - 03:22 pm
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I guess we now scoot to

I guess we now scoot to Gainesville to honor him. Thank you, Mr White. Prayers for your family.

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lanie1209 06/27/09 - 04:38 pm
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"GaDawg" was a friend of mine

"GaDawg" was a friend of mine as well as to many others. He was in route to a PGR mission, as stated in a previous post. He was also a member of Southern Cruisers Riding Club and will be missed by many. Good man... I also know one of his brothers and I always tell him, "Your momma and daddy did a GOOD job raising you boys." LOL!!! RIP Larry... you've got good roads to ride now, my friend.

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Billy Shears 06/27/09 - 06:34 pm
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lanie1209 - Thank you, I did

lanie1209 - Thank you, I did not recognize him by his published name. I know who he is now, he will surely be missed. I echo your sentiments.

iknowitwheniseeit
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iknowitwheniseeit 06/28/09 - 10:07 am
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The poor handling of on ramp

The poor handling of on ramp access to I-20 during this construction project must have contributed to a significant number of accidents and here someone has lost their life. While we don't know the specific facts, the placement of stop signs to merge onto the freeway with little room to come up to speed and minimal line of site to oncoming traffic borders on stupidity. Maybe Mr. White's death will lead to some common sense changes by the people who are managing this project.

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happydazerhereagain 06/28/09 - 11:25 am
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“I just don’t think he saw

“I just don’t think he saw what was happening in time,” Sgt. Lyons said. Ya think enstein?

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Does_it_really_matter 06/28/09 - 05:18 pm
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God bless from a "caged

God bless from a "caged rider". May your roads be true and straight....you travel with angels now.

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christie 06/28/09 - 09:21 pm
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God bless him and his family.

God bless him and his family.

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ArmyWife31907 07/04/09 - 10:38 pm
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Mr. White, You were on your

Mr. White, You were on your way to honor my grandfather, a three war veteran. I am so sorry for what happened to you. I've never even met you but you were an outstanding person. May you rest in peace. To Mr. White's family, my thoughts and prayers have been with you since I found out about this accident during my grandfathers' funeral.

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