Driver arrested in death of bicyclist on Olive Road
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a driver in connection with the death of a bicyclist who was struck by a vehicle three weeks ago on Olive Road.
According to authorities, Franklin, White, 60, was arrested Wednesday and charged with misdemeanor homicide by vehicle and driving on the wrong side of the roadway.
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The bicyclist, Marico Dorsey, 53, of Augusta, was hit by a vehicle around 6 p.m. Jan. 11 on Olive Road at Eagles Way, near a church.
After Dorsey was hit, five people rushed onto the road to pray over him. They and the bicyclist were then struck by a second vehicle.
Franklin is the suspected driver of the first vehicle.
Dorsey died Jan. 26.
According to the accident report, White was traveling north on Olive Road at its intersection with Eagles Way, while another vehicle was traveling south in the center/left turn lane on Olive Road.
The report states that White said there was a vehicle turning from Eagles Way onto Olive Road and he swerved into the center/left turn lane on the southbound side of Olive Road to miss the vehicle.
He told deputies that when he swerved, he saw the bicycle fly into the air when the front of his vehicle struck the front of the southbound vehicle.
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