Motorcycle and auto collision on Veterans Memorial Highway

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about fatal accident on I-75Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a report from Officer Neil Penirelli of the Cobb County Police Department, the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating a serious motorcycle and auto collision this morning at 10:27 a.m. on Veterans Memorial Highway at James Road.

Investigators report that a 2007 Ford Crown Victoria driven by Frank Bloodworth, 74, of Austell was traveling north on James Road toward Veterans Memorial.

A black 2015 Harley Davidson FLTXRS motorcycle operated by Richard Pack, 39, of Powder Springs, was headed east on Veterans Memorial Highway approaching James Road.

As the motorcycle approached the intersection, the Ford Crown Victoria, after stopping at the stop sign, entered Veterans Memorial in the path of the Harley. The front of the motorcycle collided with the front left side of the Ford.


Pack was taken to Grady memorial Hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Bloodworth was treated on scene with minor injuries.

The accident is under investigation and anyone with information is requested to contact the Cobb County Police Department at 770-499-3987.

What is the STEP Unit?

The STEP Unit, which investigates fatal traffic crashes, is one of the Cobb County Police Department’s Special Operations units, and  is described on the web page of the Cobb County Police Department as follows:

“The Selective Traffic Enforcement Unit is responsible for investigating all fatal traffic crashes, enforcement of traffic laws in those areas which analysis indicates an elevated amount of crashes. They are also responsible for the administration and execution of the Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program. They also take part in special security details, and investigate crashes involving Department vehicles when requested.”


2 Comments on "Motorcycle and auto collision on Veterans Memorial Highway"

  1. Rich was loved among the Atlanta bike set by many. He will be missed. Cagers a.k.a., vehicles must remember that we responsible motorcycle riders can’t stop on a dime such a car. Please look and be aware that turning in front of us at the last minute will always end tragically. Be mindful of us cyclists.

  2. Please Look Out For the Motorcyclist, they are always careful and look out for cars, trucks etc. He will be missed and was very much loved by all. RIP Want 2, Keep Rhonda in your Prayers. Lady Soldiers

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