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Report: Motorcyclist was thrown 16 feet in fatal crash
Cornelia woman faces charges in Oct. 8 death of rider
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A motorcyclist in an Oct. 8 crash was thrown 16 feet from his motorcycle after veering off a Lula road, according to a Georgia State Patrol report.

Jerald Benjamin Freeman, 47, of Cornelia was killed in the crash after leaving the roadway on Pea Ridge Road last month.

Ruby Marie Marshall, 64, of Cornelia, was charged with first-degree vehicular homicide relating to Freeman’s death.

Freeman and his black Harley Davidson motorcycle were traveling northbound on Pea Ridge Road, a mile north of Belton Bridge Road, around 7:45 p.m. Oct. 8. While making a turn, Freeman traveled off the roadway “approximately 140 feet to the east shoulder,” according to the report.

After going into an embankment, Freeman was thrown approximately 16 feet, with his motorcycle traveling another 20 feet without him.

GSP was on the scene within 20 minutes of dispatch. Freeman suffered fatal injuries due to the crash. He was transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center by ambulance.

Marshall has been charged with first-degree vehicular homicide, reckless driving, failure to maintain lane and failing to stop at the scene of the accident.

According to the warrants, Marshall allegedly drove a Kia over the center lane, causing Freeman to leave the roadway. Marshall also is accused of not stopping to render aid for Freeman.

Warrants were filed for Marshall’s arrest Oct. 29.

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