July Motorcycle Chase Reached Speeds of 120 mph

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Updated: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 11:53:41 EST

A Perry man killed in late July in a motorcycle crash on Hwy. 247 in Houston County was traveling at more than 120 miles per hour as he was chased by Georgia State Police and Houston County Sheriff's deputies, according to the results of an investigation released Tuesday.

The Georgia Department of Public Safety released an incident report that shows a motorcycle ridden by Stephen Hunter Strickland, 22, of Perry was traveling between 73 and 76 mph when it passed a patrol car driven by Trooper Truitt of Forsyth Post 44 about 77:30 p.m. on July 22.

Truitt turned his car around and chased Strickland for more than 25 miles at speeds reaching in excess of 120 mph, the report states. Truitt watched Strickland weave in between cars, ride down the center line between cars, pass in a no-passing zone, run more than one red light, and come close to being hit by a truck at the intersection of Hwy. 247 and Hwy 96.

Strickland twice passed Houston County Sheriff's squad cars with their lights on, and the deputies joined the chase.

It all ended when Strickland missed the curve on 247 at Broadway. His motorcycle entered the grassy media and he was thrown over the handlebars. Strickland slid on the grass until his body ran into a piece of road equipment in the media. The motorcycle followed him and ran into him and the equipment.

Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones pronounced Strickland dead at the scene.

Strickland worked as a technician on aircraft at Robins Air Force Base and was a student at Middle George State College.


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