Collision kills motorcycle driver in Burke Co.

By: Hope Jensen Email
By: Hope Jensen Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock/ Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012

KEYSVILLE, Ga. -- An accident has killed a motorcycle driver in Burke County.

Deputies confirmed 36-year-old Rodney Snipes died after being taken to the hospital Thursday evening. Investigators say Snipes was driving over 100 mph when he collided with a car making a left turn.

His father said he had warned his son not to drive so fast. He said it did not surprise him that his son had been speeding. He was still on the scene when he received the call that his son had died.

Friends say Snipes was on his way home. He lived across the street from where the accident occurred.

Family friends were the first ones to arrive on scene. "We was the first ones on the scene here and he was laying in the ditch and the ambulance got here and they picked him up and took him to the doctor. He wasn't good," said Mac Covington. Covington has known the family for over 15 years.

Christopher Jeffers, 27, was driving his car northbound on Hephzibah-Keysville Road when he tried to make a left turn onto Blythe Road. This is when he collided with Snipes.

Deputies say motorcycle flew 200 feet from where it was hit. Snipes then flew another 100 feet and landed in a ditch.

"Mr. Snipes was thrown from his motorcycle and traveled approximately 300 feet before he came to rest," said Sgt. Dan Lowe with the Burke County Sheriff's Office.

The accident was called into dispatch around 5 p.m.

Jeffers will not be charged for the accident but was arrested for driving with a suspended license.

Officers have confirmed speed was a contributing factor in the accident, saying Snipes was driving more than 100 miles per hour.

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