Four vehicle accident leaves one dead
A 36 year old Columbus man died on scene when his motorcycle collided with at least 2 other vehicles Saturday evening.
Gregg Bradley, 36, and his cousin, an unidentified man, were traveling down Hwy 182 in front of Propst Park when he apparently lost control of his 2008 Suzuki and ran into the right rear corner of a Ford F-150, driven by 17 year old David Henderson of Columbus. Bradley was then ejected from his bike before colliding with the right side of a Isuzu Rodeo, driven by Vera Parker-Smith, 60, of Columbus. Eric Dill, also of Columbus, a volunteer fire fighter and EMT, witnessed the accident and checked the lifeless Bradley for a pulse before confirming he was dead.
At 9:58 pm CPD Officer Bo Pearson was the first officer on scene. Pearson had been traveling east on HWY 182 when he too witnessed the accident and called E-911. Within minutes, the four lane highway was closed to traffic as multiple CPD officers, fire fighters and EMT’s arrived on scene. Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant was called to the scene at 10:12 and transported the body to BMH-GT. Officer Greg Harstad was then called to the scene at 10:22 for his “accident expertise”.
According to multiple witnesses, Bradley and his cousin, had been traveling at an extremely high rate of speed headed east on HWY 182. According to Ronald “Reno” Rhodes of Kennedy, Al, “I was doing at least 40 mph and they passed by me like I was just sitting on the side of the road.” Rhodes, who was not traveling with the other two bikers, was also heading east on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when Bradley passed him. Witnesses also said that Bradley was following the F-150 too closely when he attempted to turn left into Propst Park and collided with the truck. Upon ejection, Bradley lost his helmet before hitting the SUV and landed approximately 20 feet from the crashed bike. Initially, it was thought that Rhodes ran over Bradley, as his exhaust pipe sustained major damage in the incident, but officials say that is highly unlikely.
Upon interviewing the witnesses, officers noticed the smell of alcohol on Rhodes and gave him a field sobriety test. Visibly intoxicated, Rhodes was placed under arrest for DUI but was not thought to have caused the accident. Rhodes, Henderson and Parker-Smith were all given blood tests to determine if alcohol played a part in the accident.
Hall’s Wrecker Service was then called in to tow Bradley’s totaled 2008 Suzuki 750. Investigators are looking into whether Bradley had alcohol in his system but the autopsy results will take two to three weeks. Officers were on the scene for over an hour and by the time they were wrapping up the investigation, well over 100 people had gathered on the side of the road, many of them family members of Bradley’s. Funeral services will be Saturday afternoon at 2 pm at Shiloh Baptist Church in Steens.0