A 54-year-old man was killed Sunday after he was hit by a car while riding his motorcycle on Fairmount Highway in Gordon County. The driver of the car was arrested for vehicular homicide, and police said he was driving with alcohol in his system.
On Sunday afternoon about 1:30 p.m., 51-year-old Eddie Lee Hampton of Calhoun was driving west on Fairmount Highway near the Lovers Lane and Outlet Center Drive intersection in Calhoun, police said, when he tried to make a U-turn but did not see Jeffery Grady Lingerfelt traveling east on his motorcycle.
Lingerfelt ran into Hampton's car, was thrown off the motorcycle and was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Hampton told investigators that he thought Lingerfelt had a yellow light and was trying to beat it. Two witnesses at the scene who were at a red light told police Lingerfelt was not speeding or driving in a reckless manner.
A third witness who was driving behind Hampton said Lingerfelt tried to swerve to the right to avoid the collision but Hampton's car "kept turning into the motorcycle's path," according to an incident report from the Georgia State Patrol.
The Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the crash.
Hampton was arrested Sunday and is being charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, a felony, as well as driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license, improper U-turn and a felony probation violation.