Riverside Parkway collision results in serious injuries

Detail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle in article about motorcyclist killed on Cobb ParkwayDetail of Cobb County Police Department STEP Unit vehicle (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department, the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) Unit is investigating a serious injury collision that occurred on Riverside Parkway near Premier Lane last Saturday, September 28, 2019, at 7:27 p.m.

The public information release from Melton described the incident as follows:

Per investigators, a red 2018 Suzuki GSXR750 motorcycle was traveling west on Riverside Parkway at a speed in excess of the posted 40 mph speed limit. A blue 2002 Ford Explorer was traveling east on Riverside Parkway, preparing to turn left on Premier Lane. The Ford turned left in front of the Suzuki and the vehicles collided in the intersection.

The operator of the motorcycle, a 27-year-old man from Austell, was taken by ambulance to Grady Hospital for treatment of serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford, a 29-year-old man from Mableton did not require medical attention.

A juvenile who was in a car seat in the rear of the Ford was taken by ambulance to Wellstar Cobb Hospital for treatment of cuts from broken glass.

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

What is the STEP Unit?

The STEP Unit, which investigates serious or fatal traffic crashes, is one of the Cobb County Police Department’s Special Operations units, and is described on the web pageof 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.”

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