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Motorcycle Accident Kills Two, Injures One

Two people were killed in an accident involving one vehicle and a motorcycle on Sunday.

Details about the fatal Accident Involving the Motorcycle

The Henry Herald is reporting that a driver of a vehicle and a motorcyclist were killed on Sunday evening after the driver lost control of the vehicle while driving around a curve.

A press release from the Henry County Police Department indicated that 28-year-old Justin Peppers, of Locust Grove was heading east in a 1993 Ford Escort at around 7:50 p.m. when he somehow lost control of the vehicle at a curve on Jonesboro Road.

According to the police, the vehicle lost control and crossed the center line, hitting a Harley Davidson motorcycle that was carrying two occupants and traveling in the westbound lanes.

Both Peppers and the driver of the motorcycle, 51-year-old Jerall Townsend of Jonesboro were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

The other passenger on the motorcycle, Townsend’s 11-year-old daughter was taken to the Egleston’s Children’s Hospital where she was listed in critical condition. As of Tuesday, her condition was unknown.

Captain Joey Smith of the Henry County Police Department indicated that the accident is still under investigation and said that speed may have been a factor in the crash.

Important Information about Motorcycle Accidents

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,295 fatalities related to motorcycle accidents.
  • Motorcycle fatalities made up about 13 percent of all recorded motor vehicle fatalities in the United States in 2014.
  • 58 percent of motorcycle fatalities occurred in accidents involving multiple vehicles.

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