Newnan motorcyclist hospitalized after being ejected, hit by truck during crash

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A Newnan man was seriously injured in a crash that ended with him being ejected from his motorcycle and hit by a pickup truck, authorities said.

The incident took place about 6:20 p.m. Friday at the intersection of Ga. 34 and Thigpen Road, according to a Georgia State Patrol crash report. The crash involved at least three vehicles: a Suzuki motorcycle, a Fiat 500 and a Chevrolet Silverado.

James Bagwell, 37, was driving his motorcycle west on Ga. 34 toward the intersection, the report said. At the same time, the Fiat’s driver, a 30-year-old woman, turned left onto Ga. 34 from Thigpen Road.

The motorcycle struck the Fiat after it turned, ejecting Bagwell onto the pavement, the report said. That’s when the Chevrolet, driven by a 48-year-old man, hit Bagwell. He was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries.

This is a recreation sketch of the crash scene that was included in the Georgia State Patrol's crash report.
This is a recreation sketch of the crash scene that was included in the Georgia State Patrol's crash report.

Credit: Georgia State Patrol

Credit: Georgia State Patrol

There were several witnesses, but their accounts differ on how the initial crash happened.

Several witnesses, including the Chevrolet’s driver, said a fourth vehicle, a blue truck, hit the motorcycle before it crashed into the Fiat, the report said. The truck’s driver then left the scene of the wreck, according to them.

The Fiat’s driver also said a fourth vehicle was involved, but Bagwell was the at-fault driver, the report said. She told troopers that the motorcyclist was traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted to pass another vehicle, causing the two to collide and sending the bike into her vehicle.

Other witnesses told troopers that no fourth vehicle was involved in the incident at all.

No one has been charged in the crash. The incident remains under investigation.

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