A motorcyle accident claimed the life of a metro Atlanta man a few weeks ago. 49-year-old Terry Hitt of Cumming died Sunday, June 21, 2009 at an Atlanta hospital. He suffered catastrophic personal injuries when his 1985 Honda CB 650 motorcycle, which was travelling northbound on Castleberry Road, collided with a 2007 Suzuki Vitara SUV driven by Marian J. Anwar, 25, of Estates Path in Cumming. Hitt was 49 years old.
The Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office reported that Anwar was also northbound on Castleberry in her vehicle and was leading Hitt’s motorcycle when she attempted an illegal u-turn at the intersection of Castleberry and Hutchinson roads. Hitt’s motorcycle impacted direclty into Anwar’s driver side door.
Hitt, Anwar and a passenger in her vehicle were all taken by ambulance to Northside Hospital in Forsyth County. Hitt was later airlifted by helicopter ambulance to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta where he died the next day. Anwar was charged with making an improper left turn and authorities said that additional charges will most likely be forthcoming. Police do not expect that Anwar was driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the collision.
When I first heard the tragic facts of this automobile-motorcycle accident, I suspected that Mr. Hitt was a DUI accident victim. It took place on a Saturday night and it appeared that perhaps the offending driver was not in control of all her faculties. However, this now appears to be another tragic case of a driver who just did not see or anticipate a motorcycle. Most motorcycle drivers I have spoken to say they are not worried about not being able to avoid collisions, they are worried about drivers of cars and trucks who just don’t see them. Greater awareness of motorcycle riders must be burned into the public’s awareness or another tragic wrongful death resulting from a motorcycle fatality like this will happen again.
Motorcyclist killed as car makes illegal u-turn, Atlanta Journal Constitution, June 22, 2009.
Illegal U-turn cited in fatal wreck, ForsythNews.com, June 23, 2009.
Cumming man dies following car-motorcycle accident, AccessNorthGeorgia.com, June 22, 2009.