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News Motorcycle wreck victim airlifted

A motorcycle accident occurred on the Sylva Road. at 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday. Taylor Ross Green from Nicholson, Ga. was traveling North on the Sylva Road, on his 2010 Harley Davidson motorcycle, when Zona Balcom Coe from Westminister, S.C., turned in front of Green in a 2008 Ford Expedition, as she was trying to turn into Car City Mini Mart. Green hit the Expedition on the right side of the bumper causing him to crash his motorcycle. Green was transported to Mission Hospital by MAMA. Coe was charged with failure to yield. Officer Paul Bourcq of the Franklin Police Department was the investigating officer.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol launched Motorcycle Safety Awareness week April 30 through May 6 to educate the public about motorcycle safety in hopes of reducing the number of motorcycle wrecks in the state. Southwestern Community College offers a Basic Rider course and Advanced Rider courses.

The Motorcycle Safety Foundation developed the Basic Motorcycle Rider curriculum to cover the basic fundamentals in order to become a safe and responsible motorcyclist. It provides the opportunity for the participant to learn the physical and mental skills important for operating a motorcycle.

In the classroom, participants learn ways to minimize risk and handle special road situations. During the riding portions, students will be coached to develop the physical skills of basic control that include straight line riding, stopping, turning, and shifting, and then move on to more advanced skills in stopping quickly, cornering and swerving.

For more information on classes and dates they are held, Call (828)306-7041.

Photo by Vickie Carpenter


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