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Man killed in south Forsyth motorcycle wreck

Another man critically injured in separate weekend motorcycle wreck

POSTED: April 11, 2017 1:37 p.m.

A motorcycle and a Ford Focus were travelling northbound on Keith Bridge Road when they collided just about 5:30 Saturday afternoon. The driver of the motorcycle was critically injured, though he is expected to live.

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A 49-year-old Cumming man died late Sunday afternoon after crashing his motorcycle on Castleberry Road in south Forsyth.

Joseph Ross was driving southbound on Castleberry Road, just south of Majors Road when he lost control of the 2011 Kawasaki ZX-1000 he was driving, according to Deputy Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

“While negotiating a curve in the road, [Ross] lost control of his vehicle and was ejected from the seat when the motorcycle went down,” Rainwater said. “Both slid off the roadway and struck a power pole, and [Ross] was pronounced deceased at the scene.

“Deputies were called to the scene at 5:58 p.m. and our Traffic Specialist Unit [TSU] was requested to handle an investigation into the fatality.

The investigating is ongoing.”

Ross’ death is the first traffic fatality since November 2016.

Another man was critically injured in a separate wreck Saturday, though he is expected to live.

According to Rainwater, the operator was driving a 2008 GSX-R Suzuki motorcycle northbound on Keith Bridge Road around 5:11 p.m. when he collided with a Ford Focus that was also traveling north.

“The car was making a left turn and it appears the motorcycle was attempting to pass car on the left,” Rainwater said. “TSU worked that one also and [the victim] was taken to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

“That investigation is also ongoing.”

The man’s name and age have not been released.


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