One hurt in car, motorcycle collision in LaGrange
LaGRANGE — LaGrange police are investigating a near head-on collision between a green Chevrolet Malibu and a Harley Davidson motorcycle on Lafayette Parkway near Davis Road around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.
According to LaGrange Police Lt. Mark Kostial, the driver in the Malibu, identified as Willie Ruth Render, 79, of Greenville, was eastbound in the center turning lane on Lafayette Parkway when she attempted to turn into the BP gas station. Kostial said Render told officers she collided with the motorcycle, which had just turned off Davis Road and was westbound on Lafayette Parkway.
The driver of motorcycle was identified as Ricky Bowen, 22, of Hogansville. An Air Evac helicopter landed nearby in the parking lot of the old JC Penney department store at LaGrange Mall and airlifted Bowen to Columbus Medical Center. Kostial said Bowen suffered a broken leg and underwent surgery.
Render was uninjured.
An witness on the scene told the Daily News he saw the motorcyclist tumble “two or three times up in the air” before hitting the pavement.
The front wheel of the motorcycle was wedged underneath the front tires of the Malibu.
LaGrange police and a detective shut down one lane of eastbound traffic on Lafayette Parkway for more than an hour while they investigated the accident.
Kostial said pending the outcome of the investigation, the driver of the Malibu may be cited in the crash.
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