Two motorcyclists die in separate wrecks



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Two motorcycle riders died in separate wrecks in Forsyth County.

A 25-year-old Forsyth County man died on Friday evening, April 25, after his motorcycle crashed into an SUV on Bald Ridge Marina Road in Forsyth County.

Two days later, on Sunday, April 27, a 55-year-old Roswell man died after his motorcycle ran off the road into the shoulder on Bay Drive in northeast Forsyth County.

“These two crashes were not related to other drivers not paying attention,” Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy Doug Rainwater said. “A lot of the accidents are the drivers not seeing the motorcycles.”

The April 25 collision occurred at about 7 p.m. on Bald Ridge Marina Road near Ga. 400.

A 2008 Ford Expedition towing a 24 foot trailer loaded with a vessel was traveling east on Bald Ridge Marina Road.

A 2006 Suzuki GSX 600 motorcycle, driven by Conor Podwin, 25, of Cumming, was also traveling east on Bald Ridge Marina Road when his Suzuki motorcycle changed lanes into the Ford Expedition.

“From what it appears, the motorcycle changed lanes into the Expedition,” Rainwater said.

Podwin was pronounced dead at scene of the crash, according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Deputy First Class Andrew Ives.

Charges will not be filed against the driver.

On April 27, a crash occurred at about 1:33 a.m. on Bay Drive between Keith Bridge Road and Barron Circle.

A 2008 Harley- Davidson Electra Glide, driven by Scott Allen Leetz, 55, was traveling southeast on Bay Drive negotiating a curve in the roadway and apparently lost control and entered the uneven shoulder. He was thrown from the motorcycle.

“The motorcycle lost control and went off into the shoulder and crashed,” Rainwater said.

Leetz was pronounced dead at the scene.

Both crashes remain under investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

FH 05-07-14

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