The Bibb County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a fatal traffic involving a motorcycle that occurred in the 2400 block of Donald Avenue.  It was reported that at around 11:00p.m., a Bibb County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy was running “stationary” R.A.D.A.R. in the 1600 block of Shurling Drive. A  Honda CVR 600 motorcycle that was traveling east on Shurling Drive registered the speed of approximately 70 mph in a 45 mph speed zone. Before the patrol deputy could attempt to conduct a traffic stop, the motorcyclist increased his speed and then made a right turn onto Pine Hill Drive.  The motorcyclist went through the intersection of Pine Hill Drive and New Clinton Road, without stopping at the stop sign.

The motorcyclist continued east as he was traveling on E. Pine Hill Drive to its intersection with Donald Avenue. The motorcyclist went through the intersection, without stopping, and then wrecked in the front yard of 2365 Donald Avenue.  As the deputy arrived at the wreck scene he saw the motorcyclist attempting to pick up the motorcycle from ground. The deputy exited his vehicle and attempted to make contact with the motorcyclist.

The motorcyclist picked up the motorcycle from off the ground and was able to get it started. He sped off, through the yard, and then headed east on Donald Avenue. The deputy ran back to his car, but then lost sight of the motorcyclist.

A short time later, a call came in from a residence in the area of the 2400 block of Donald Avenue. The caller stated that the motorcyclist went off the roadway and into a wooded area where he hit a tree, next to 2448 Donald Avenue.

The motorcyclist was identified as 41-year-old Dale Rodney Byrd of Gray, Georgia. Coroner Jones pronounced his death on scene and made contact with the next of kin.

This fatal traffic accident is under investigation. Anyone with information in reference to this incident is urged to contact the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office at 478-751-7500 and ask to leave a message for the “on-call” traffic investigator.