Tragic Motorcycle Crash Kills One in Police Chase on Interstate 75 in Macon County, Georgia (GA)
MACON COUNTY, GA- Wgxa.tv writes that a high-speed police chase ended in a tragic crash in Macon County this week. The incident occurred on Interstate 75, close to Pate Road.*
The Georgia State Patrol reports that four motorcyclists were caught traveling at about 100 miles per hour on the interstate, and that two fled when officers attempted to stop them.
One trooper began to pursue the speeding motorcyclists, and then one of the two crashed with another vehicle. The high-speed impact led to a chain reaction collision, and the driver and a passenger on the motorcycle were both thrown off the bike. The passenger, identified as a woman, landed on the roadway in the left lane. Responders declared the victim dead at the scene. A crash reconstruction team is now investigating the fatal wreck.
Police chases often lead to deadly crashes. Fatalities from police chases are on the rise throughout the country, and while reports indicate that they are killing hundreds of people a year, no one is exactly certain how many deaths are caused by these incidents. Police departments do not always include that a crash took place in the context of a police chase, making it difficult to gather such data.
Police pursuits are one of the most hazardous parts of police work, and in many instances, the victims are not the people involved in the chase.
In the aftermath of these tragedies, police often blame the drivers who fled from officers. However, cities are frequently paying large settlements to victims of chases. The risks involved make many question whether these chases should occur at all.
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