• May 27, 2022

Melvin Butler Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Broadway in Macon, GA

Macon, GA -- May 25, 2022, 62-year-old Melvin Butler was fatally injured in a collision with a tractor-trailer on Broadway in Macon.

Authorities say the incident happened shortly before 5:30 p.m. at the intersection of Broadway and Mead Road. Preliminary investigation suggests Butler was riding a bicycle in the area when a tractor-trailer made a right turn from Mead Road onto Broadway and crossed his path.

The bike hit the rear tires of the truck and Butler suffered critical injuries. Reports say he succumbed to those injuries around 9:00 p.m. at a local hospital.

No further information is currently available.

Commentary on Melvin Butler Accident on Broadway in Macon

There's a lot of detail missing from preliminary reports that would help us all understand exactly what happened in Macon. How fast was the truck traveling? Did both the driver and the cyclist stop at the intersection if required to? Did the driver notice the cyclist before turning? Did they use a turn signal? Who had the right-of-way at the time? That's just a handful of the many questions that still need addressing.

I'm often concerned after accidents involving bicyclists because even though most state laws treat them as vehicles, people in cars and trucks seem to feel quite differently. Bicyclists aren't always given the respect they deserve in the road and people do dangerous things to get around or in front of them, sometimes leading to situations like the one in Macon. I'm not saying the truck driver there necessarily did anything wrong, but I don't expect much argument if I say it's important to know more and be sure of how things happened. Letting just the objective facts tell the story is best both for the victim's family to know the truth and to make sure the right parties--if any--are held properly accountable for the tragic damage done.

Melvin Butler Killed in Crash with 18-Wheeler on Broadway in Macon, GA

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