Monday, April 30, 2012

Biker charged in deadly Cobb motorcycle race crash.

AM NOTE: Speeding seems to be taking alot of lives this week. Please see the following from

By Mike Morris The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A motorcycle race on a south Cobb County road ended in a crash that killed one of the motorcyclists, police said.

The operator of the second motorcycle that Cobb police Sgt. Dana Pierce said was “engaged in a speed contest” was later arrested and charged with first degree vehicular homicide.

Pierce said that just before 9:30 p.m. Friday, Russell E. Kennedy, 38, of Lithia Springs was racing another biker on Riverside Parkway near Hartman Road when he “attempted to negotiate a slight curve in the road at a high rate of speed.”

Kennedy lost control of the 2006 Yamaha YZFR1 that he was riding and struck a concrete curb and several trees. He died at the scene.

A witness told investigators that the driver of the second motorcycle, a 2003 Kawasaki ZX600-E, initially stopped but then left the scene.

“With the assistance of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, investigators were able to take the tag information that was provided to them by the witness and track down the motorcycle and its owner at a home in Lithia Springs,” Pierce said.

Police charged 34-year-old Jason K. Roddy with vehicular homicide, racing and reckless driving.

Roddy was being held without bond Monday at the Cobb County jail.

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