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Georgia Motorcycle Accidents Kills One, Leaves 2 Injured

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Nancy Tobias, 48 years old of Mountain City, Georgia tried to turn left onto Georgia Highway 180 and failed to yield to the oncoming motorcycle, according to Georgia State Patrol and the Clay County Progress.

Tobias’s Toyota truck was then hit by the motorcycle. James Beaman, 58 of Oakwood, Georgia, died on the scene.

According to Clay County Press, Tobias was charged with second degree homicide, failure to yield, having an expired tag and no insurance. Neither she nor her passengers had any reported injuries.

The other accident occurred with Jimmy Reece, 62 years old of Blairsville, who apparently failed to stop and as a result skidded into the back of a Ford Edge. Reece was driving on Georgia Highway 17 near Waldroup Road. Johnnie Sue Ash, 62 years old of Hiawassee, Georgia was driving the Ford Edge.

Both Reece and his passenger on the motorcycle and Ash were transported to hospitals (Erlanger Medical Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Gwinnett Medical Center in Atlanta).

As a result of this motorcycle accident, Reece has been charged with following too close.

Clay County Progress reports this as the third motorcycle accident in Clay and Towns counties in the past three weeks.

If you drive a motorcycle, it is highly recommended to wear a helmet and most states make this a requirement. “A rider who does not wear a helmet is five times more likely to sustain a critical head injury.” If you drive a motorcycle, be visible—wear bright or reflective clothing.