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An early morning accident on U.S. 84 has resulted in the death of a 36-year-old man from Coolidge. Michael Burns was driving a 2006 Kawasaki motorcycle when he crashed into the side of an SUV at the intersection of 84 and 20th Street N.E. around 7:30 a.m., according to Trooper Jamill Curry with the Georgia State Patrol.
Burns was traveling west on 84 and 67-year-old Ida Mae Parries of Cairo was in the eastbound turn lane on 84 when she failed to yield to the oncoming motorcycle and turned north onto 20th Street, Trooper Curry states. Parries, driving a 2012 Toyota Rav4, was attempting to take her 7-year-old granddaughter to school at Eastside Elementary School, the trooper says. Neither the child, who was strapped into a booster seat in the rear passenger seat, nor her grandmother, were injured in the accident.
Burns was taken by EMS to Archbold Memorial Hospital, and was pronounced dead at 8:06 a.m., says Trooper Curry.
The GSP’s Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team has been called in to investigate the fatality, and charges are pending the outcome of that probe.