Valdosta Daily Times

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September 15, 2010

Two die in weekend motorcycle wreck

VALDOSTA — A motorcycle accident claimed the lives of two men early Saturday morning.

At approximately 1:45 a.m., on the 3500 block of Whitewater Road, by Interstate 75 Exit 11, Nick Anthony Mitchell, 30, and James Stanley Rash IV, 27, were traveling northbound on a motorcycle when the accident occurred, said Sgt. Carl Taylor, Georgia State Patrol Post 31 commander.

Georgia State Patrol as well as the Lowndes County Fire Department, Lowndes County sheriff’s deputies, Coroner Bill Watson and emergency medical services arrived at the scene.  Watson pronounced both men dead around 3 a.m. Taylor said there were no witnesses present to question, and it was a passerby who called       911.

“At this time, we cannot make a positive determination as to what occurred,” he said. “What we do know is that it was a single-vehicle accident. One of the men was wearing a helmet and the other was not.”

Officials were able to talk to family members to try and piece together the events that occurred before the accident. Samples have been sent to the State Crime Lab for toxicology tests.

 The investigation continues. If anyone has information pertaining to this accident, call the Georgia State Patrol, (229) 333-5215.

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