Last week, a tragic bicycle accident rocked Dekalb County when local resident, Paul Taylor, was struck by a pick-up truck as he rode his bicycle on North Decatur Road near Willivee Drive.This tragedy occurred only yards from my home. The victim later passed away at DeKalb Medical Center. In my work as a Dekalb County accident lawyer, I have learned that families dealing with tragedy need the support of their community. It is very clear in this situation, that the family is getting that important support. The obituary for this gentleman can be viewed here.
Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased resident, who by all accounts was an active member of his community as a dad, soccer coach and athlete. Having received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Augusta College in 1984 he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Health Sciences University (formerly Medical College of Georgia) in 1986. Following that in 1989, he received certification from the National Commission of Physician’s Assistants and went on to a stellar career in neonatal care and women’s health at Grady Health System and was a clinical instructor in the Physician Assistant Program with Emory University School of Medicine. In 1993, he was named Teacher of the Year by the Physician Assistant Program at Emory University.
In Mr. Taylor’s memory, it is important that we are mindful that as the weather changes and bicyclists are out on the roads, we all need to share the road with care. In this situation, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports that the bicyclist was riding on the inside lane of the four-lane North Decatur Road in the early morning hours. The driver of a pickup truck struck the rider. The accident is under investigation and the authorities are as yet uncertain whether charges will be filed against the truck driver.