Police ID bicyclist killed in Sunday accident
by Kim Isaza
October 09, 2012 09:10 AM | 4370 views | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print

AUSTELL — Cobb Police have identified a bicyclist who died in a crash Sunday evening as Ronnie Turner, 54, of Austell.

The crash happened about 6:46 p.m. Sunday on C.H. James Parkway at Humphries Hill Road. Investigators said the bicyclist was eastbound on Humphries Hill Road and was crossing C.H. James Parkway against the traffic light, when he was struck by a Dodge Challenger driven by Adam Yarbough, 20, of Powder Springs, as the bicyclist pulled into the path of the Dodge.

Turner was dead at the scene, police said. Yarbough was not injured and is not expected to be charged, they said.

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AndyA.
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October 17, 2012
Most comments below are from bicyclists obviously, and I understand your frustrations. However, the accident happened at twilight, which is just before sunset, and could have certainly contributed to the accident as well as the driver only being 20 years old. I'm not a bicyclist but I have ridden motorcycles for years and know that you have to anticipate what the cars will do before they do it...that's a tricky game. If there is a push-button light change as there are at many crosswalks nowadays, it should be used and WAIT on the go ahead. If not, make sure you have the ability and speed to make it across and don't count on cars looking for something in their path that normally isn't there.
dustoff
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October 10, 2012
Not only do the light systems not pick up a bicycle, they seldom pick up a motorcycle.

Your only option other than to run the light is walk over and push the pedestrian button or hope a car pulls up to trigger the light.

VFP42
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October 09, 2012
Was Mr. Turner "crossing C.H. James Parkway against the traffic light" or did he wait for God knows how long and then finally give up on the light ever changing for him to proceed legally?

Did he have to cross "against the light" rather than wait forever at yet another red light that won't change for a bicycler because the Georgia DOT considers bicyclers to be sub-human and, dare I say, even worse than Democrats?

Does the GDOT think only Democrats ride bicycles and/or walk? Is that why the GDOT are determined to kill bicyclers and pedestrians with intersections that are a quarter mile across and have "keep moving" lanes for all the right turning people in cars?

Why are people in cars superior somehow to people who are not in cars? I don't get it.

This place is the pits
Timus
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October 09, 2012
I cycle and I'd like to ride on the roads but it's too dangerous because GA drivers aren't careful enough when it comes to cyclist. I'll stick to the Silver Comet.
Pam J
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October 09, 2012
This is so sad. Two lives ruined. I believe that bicyclists have a perfect right to be on the road and I give them leeway, but I am so tired of seeing people crossing roads when they shouldn't. Yesterday alone, I saw four people crossing when and where they shouldn't. One of them had little kids and they were crossing South Cobb Drive just a few feet from a legal crosswalk. But, no, Mom decided to play a game called "come on kids, let go dodge some cars". I honestly thought they were going to get hit.
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