Two People Killed in Moped Collision in Columbus, Georgia
COLUMBUS, GA. – According to an online news report from wrbl.com, two people were killed in a moped collision in Columbus, Georgia.*
The crash occurred at 2:14 p.m. on Macon Road/U.S. 80 in Columbus. A man and a woman who were reportedly staying at the Colony Inn on Victory Drive were riding a moped eastbound on Macon Road, when they were rear-ended by a Jeep Renegade. Earlier reports regarding the crash described the vehicle the man and woman were riding as a scooter.
The woman, identified as 33-year-old Toni McChargue, of Columbus, was pronounced dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed in Decatur, Georgia. The man, identified as 30-year-old Jeremy Blankenship, was injured and transported to Piedmont Columbus Regional midtown campus for treatment. He tragically died of his injuries the next day. An autopsy will not be performed on Blankenship, officials said, as his injuries were documented in hospital records.
The driver of the Jeep, who has not been identified, was not injured and stayed at the scene. Authorities are not yet sure how the crash occurred, and they do not yet know whether McChargue or Blankenship was driving the scooter. The collision occurred in a 65 mph zone of Macon Road, just past a set of turning lanes that connect Columbus and Macon, Georgia. Mopeds can reportedly travel up to 60 mph or even 75 mph, depending on their size and engines and the weight on the scooters.
Eastbound traffic on Macon Road was diverted past Jenkins Road while crews investigated the crash. Westbound traffic was not affected. No additional information has been reported at this time.
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