Motorcyclist Killed While Fleeing From Police


The scene of a fatal motorcycle accident on Ga. 400 Friday afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Denise Ray).

DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – An unidentified man was killed Friday afternoon when the 2006 Suzuki GSXR motorcycle he was riding struck another vehicle that was entering the southbound lane of Ga. Hwy 400 from the new Dawson 400 circle.

A Georgia State Police trooper from Post 37 in Cumming had attempted to stop the motorcyclist for speeding near the Dawson Lumpkin county line but the motorcyclist fled south on Ga. Hwy. 400. According to the accident report, the motorcyclist was weaving in and out of traffic when he struck the left front corner of a 2014 Hyundai Sonata, overturned, careened into the median, struck a sign, broke into several pieces, and caught fire. The driver of the motorcycle was thrown from the motorcycle and died at the scene. He has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

The driver of the Hyundai was Melissa Dawn Litton, 36 of Gainesville. Also in the car was a one-year-old male who was in a rear-facing child restraint seat. Neither was injured.

Dawson County Sheriff’s Office deputies aided the Georgia State Patrol in attempting to stop the motorcycle but neither was involved in the crash.

Alcohol and drugs are not suspected at this time for either driver.

One northbound lane and one southbound lane of Ga. 400 was shut down for more than four hours.

The motorcycle did not have a tag and was not insured at the time of the crash.



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