Motorcyclist killed in wreck with homemade trailer in Lumpkin County

David Woodburn Davis
David Woodburn Davis

Credit: Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office

A 74-year-old Dahlonega man faces charges after he was involved in a crash that killed a motorcyclist in Lumpkin County, authorities said.

David Woodburn Davis was driving his Dodge Durango while towing a “homemade utility trailer” along Morrison Moore Parkway around noon Tuesday, the Lumpkin County Sheriff’s Office said in a Facebook post.

He’s accused of turning left onto Auraria Road in front of a Jiajue motorcycle driven by Loyd Randall Ash, 68, of Dahlonega, the post said. This allegedly caused the motorcycle to hit the left side of the trailer, killing Ash.

Ash was wearing a motorcycle helmet at the time of the crash in addition to possessing a motorcycle permit, the post said. Davis was not injured in the crash.

Davis was arrested at the scene, and he faces charges of second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to yield when turning left, jail records show. He remains in jail on a $4,850 bond.

The Georgia State Patrol was called to investigate the fatal incident.

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