Driver of motorcycle dies after crashing into van Thursday night
by Lindsay Field
August 17, 2012 02:15 PM | 9126 views | 6 6 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print

MARIETTA - The Cobb County Police Department’s S.T.E.P. Unit continues to investigate a fatal crash that happened on Shawnee Lane at Pawnee Drive in Marietta Thursday night.

According to a release from Cobb Police, the driver of a silver 2005 Honda CBR 600 motorcycle was traveling northbound on Shawnee Lane heading towards Pawnee Drive around 6:45 p.m. Thursday when he struck the driver’s side door of a maroon 2007 Toyota Sienna LE van while the driver was attempting to turn left from westbound Pawnee Drive onto southbound Shawnee Lane.

The driver of the motorcycle, 35-year-old Vishal Jitendra Patel, died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital in Marietta from injuries sustained in the crash. The 12-year-old male passenger on the motorcycle was treated at Egleston Children’s Hospital of Atlanta for non life-threatening injuries.

The driver of the van, 30-year-old Bophany St. John of Marietta, and her husband and their three children, also in the vehicle, were not injured in the crash.

Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call (770) 499-3987.

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Ashley's Mom
October 19, 2013
Patel killed my daughter Ashley when she was only 18 years old and killed another boy Jeremy when he was 17. When he hit them he was driving like a nut. He was speeding and going in and out of traffic.When he killed them it was his 7th driving ticket and he was 23 years old. He only served 11 months in prison for what he did instead of the 20 years he was suppose to. His family nor him ever said one word to me not I am sorry they said nothing. I am sorry for his family but even more sorry for him. He could have turned what he did into a lifesaving lesson for a lot of young drivers instead my daughter and her friend died in vain. I hope young drivers will please obey the traffic laws. I live in grief everyday while all her friends got to go to college, have a career, get married and have children my baby girl never had a chance because of his reckless driving. The 2 boys in his car testified they begged him to slow down and they saw the car my little girl was in and he never slowed down, never quit changing lanes and did not even put on his brakes. Please do not Patel die in vain also please drive safely.
February 07, 2013
Her name was Bophay St. John, she was 29, and she had four children, one of them me.
August 19, 2012
Sean was a GREAT guy. So very friendly and we went out of our way to buy from him. God bless him and his family. We will continue to go to his store because his staff is wonderful to deal with too. I am sad today.
Kathryn Ollis
August 19, 2012
I frequent the Citgo where this boy worked all the time. We all felt like we knew him. He was so sweet. He was a very handsome kid. Rest in peace Shawn (Vishal). You will be missed.
nick manning
August 18, 2012
I am curious why Cobb 911 didn't dispatch an ALS unit on this call. They sent a basic life support engine, which was "first due" on this call, but it seems like you should always dispatch an ALS unit along with the engine if the accident involves a motorcycle and a child. Marietta's station 2 was actually about the same distance and had two ALS units. They run off the same dispatch. Engine 3 ended up requesting an ALS unit when on scene. So it goes. My thoughts are with Patel's family.
Aretha Peters
August 20, 2012
So sorry to hear about the great loss of Shawn. We all knew him from Sam's Club in Marietta,GA. We served Shawn every other day, We all talked about his wonderful personality, and how handsome he was. Everyone in Sam's Club Marietta,Ga truly miss Shawn so much. R.I.P. We will keep the entire family in our prayers. WITH MUCH LOVE. ARETHA. Sam's Club.
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