Motorcyclist dies from Cobb injuries

A 12-year-old boy who was a passenger on the motorcycle was being treated at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston for injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening, police said.

The accident happened shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday when a maroon 2007 Toyota Sienna LE minivan westbound on Pawnee Drive, making a left turn onto southbound Shawnee Lane, drove into the path of motorcycle heading north on that street, according to Cobb County police Sgt. Dana Pierce.

The bike, a silver 2005 Honda CBR 600, collided with the driver's side door of the minivan, Pierce said.

The motorcyclist was identified as Vishal Jitendra Patel. The man's city of residence was not immediately available.

"The Cobb County Medical Examiner's Office was notified this morning by Wellstar Kennestone Hospital authorities that the driver of the motorcycle died as a result of injuries he sustained in the crash," Pierce said in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

In a phone interview, Pierce did not release the name of Patel's passenger but told the AJC he apparently is a cousin of the motorcyclist.

Police identified the Toyota's driver as Bophay St. John, 30, of Marietta. The woman was not injured, nor was her husband, who was in the front seat, nor their three children, who were properly restrained in a rear seat.

No charges have been filed and the investigation continues, Pierce said. Anyone with information about the accident was asked to call Cobb police at 770-499-3987.

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