It was a beautiful clear day. Perfect for a motorcycle ride on what some consider as a mountainous back road. With the Spring-like breeze on your face as you travel on an eastbound county road – everything seems good.
Then tragedy strikes!
This is what happened to a local Navy Veteran on Wednesday, February 13, 2019.
Georgia State Police (GSP) released the Motor Vehicle Crash report this week listing details of the collision which occurred at Madola Road and Lebanon Road.
Fannin County Emergency Management Services were notified at 5:08 p.m.; GSP 5:11 p.m.
Traveling eastbound on Madola Road in Epworth, Douglas Anderson (Andy) Hyde was riding a Harley Davidson. Nearing Lebanon Road, an automobile driven by 66 year-old Barbara Caylor Lee, was attempting to turn onto Lebanon Road from Madola. Lee failed to see Hyde, turning in front of him. Skid marks from a single motorcycle tire can be seen for approximately 39 feet before the collision, according to GSP Nicholas Akerson who investigated. Hyde was wearing a helmet and dressed properly for travel by motorcycle.
Both vehicles were transported away from the scene by Car Crafters of Blue Ridge.
Hyde was born and raised in Fannin County. Served in the Unite States Navy. Working at the time of the accident as a Certified Nurse Practitioner in Blue Ridge, GA. He was well liked by many who crossed his path.
Remembered by Blue Ridge Mayor Donna Whitener, she said he was a “kind soul who cared a lot about his patients. He took time to hear their needs and he truly cared about them.”
A former school mate named Shirley said “he was a great guy you’d want to hang around with. He was always so kind.”
Another friend was heard saying, “I am sure going to miss him. He had a wonderful, warm, and caring smile.”
Hyde leaves behind the love of his life, Connie Cook; a daughter, Hannah Allen; granddaughter, Andrea Allen; grandson, Liam Allen; his father, J. T. Hyde; sisters,Vanessa Hyde McKeon and Becky Ryan Johnson; nephews, Bill McKeon and Nathan Johnson.
GSP says charges are pending upon further review.
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