October 26, 2011 8:01:00 PM
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A Wednesday night wreck on Highway 45 North resulted in one fatality, police said.
The wreck, which happened around 6:30 p.m., involved a motorcycle and a Mercedes.
Edward J. Dvorak, 56, of Caledonia, was riding his motorcycle north on the highway when a Mercedes attempted to turn left off of Crescent Drive at the Chevron gas station and head south on the highway, Columbus police said.
The motorcycle then collided with the vehicle, police said.
According to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant, Dvorak was pronounced dead on scene at 7:12 p.m. and died due to "massive chest trauma."
Captain Fred Shelton of the Columbus Police Department said the driver of the Mercedes is Leslie Brown, 41, of Columbus.
Shelton said Dvorak was wearing a helmet and there were no additional injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.
justme34 commented at 10/26/2011 9:44:00 PM:
Praying for the families...
dawnd commented at 10/26/2011 10:38:00 PM:
The driver of the motorcycle was from Columbus MS
jp2011 commented at 10/27/2011 12:46:00 AM:
Life can be over just as quick as flipping a switch. Tell your loved ones you love them every chance you get, you'll never know if you will see them again or not. My condolences to the family.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 10/27/2011 7:09:00 AM:
And who was it that we can't have the name of the car driver? And were they charged with reckless driving? Charged with anything?
So you can pull out in front of someone here, kill them, and all that is offered the public is tidbits? Is it now legal here to maim by neglect?
Who was the driver? It would seem there should be consequences.
dawnd commented at 10/27/2011 7:50:00 AM:
Yes, I would love to know who the driver was the killed my uncle!!!!!!
jlcallahan86 commented at 10/27/2011 8:10:00 AM:
The individual who pulled out in front of the motorcyclist needs to be charged with manslaughter and wrongful death! Too many ppl who drive motorcycles loose their lives because the jerk driving the car didnt check their mirrors, look right to left more than once and/or abide by safety laws. Motorcyclists have just as much right to the highway as everyone else and there should be consequences when we arent making sure we are safe drivers. My prayers got out to the family who lost him yesterday.
btuman commented at 10/27/2011 8:44:00 AM:
jlcallahan86- you must not be seeing the same motorcycles that I see- the ones that drive up between cars just to be first- the ones that weave in and out at 20-30 miles per hour faster than the cars are going- or the ones on the four lane doing 90 to a 100 in a 70 mph zone. No one needs to die or be run over but don't be call car drivers jerks when the motorcycle drivers are worse than the car drivers.
kj commented at 10/27/2011 9:09:00 AM:
At the time the story was published last night the police hadn't released the names yet...so I doubt that anyone is deliberately masking the name of the driver. The story went up just over an hour after it happened. I'm sure it will get updated.
While I do occasionally see motorcyclists behaving badly, it's not nearly every motorcyclist. Of local fatal motorcycle accidents in the past couple of years it seems like all the memorable ones have been because people pulled out in front of a bike with the right of way.
amberc commented at 10/27/2011 9:35:00 AM:
The motorcycle driver was from Columbus. The driver of the car is extremely distraught. She just kept saying she hoped God could forgive her. Her child was also in the car with her and saw the whole thing. We need to remember the family in or prayers and remember the driver. Being angry and unforgiving will not get us anywhere. I knew the driver well.
mr trigg commented at 10/27/2011 10:18:00 AM:
Strange how they post pictures and names of lesser offenses or whom they consider lesser people yet hide names of others. This person must be of an "upper class". I pray for all people and regret this tragic lost of life. The driver of the car and the family of the motorcyclist needs our prayers. BTW he was not even close to being a speed demon on two wheels but rather a trained, responsible hard working dedicated citizen who choose to ride his motorcycle. Please don't use him as a platform to bash motorcycles.
devin golden commented at 10/27/2011 10:46:00 AM:
There is an update to the story.
For clarification: According to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant, the motorcycle driver was from Caledonia, not Columbus.
dawnd commented at 10/27/2011 10:47:00 AM:
The driver should be distraught. SHE KILLED SOMEONE!! Maybe she should pay more attention when she is driving & not pull right out in front of someone. Maybe she should be the one to explain to his grandbabies why he is no longer with us. Her being sorry, DOESNT BRING HIM BACK!!!!
nurse21 commented at 10/27/2011 11:08:00 AM:
The lady who hit this man is a doctor at the local hospital why is her name not being released? My prayers are with the family
dz commented at 10/27/2011 11:20:00 AM:
Come on folks. It is awful enough that man's family has to deal with his loss. The woman driving the car has not had her name released most likely because she's not under investigation and hasn't done anything to warrant having her name released. Her child was in the car and it was 6:30pm, so I'm doubting she was drunk or high. They don't mention any proof that she was driving recklessly. He may have been in her blind spot or timing may have been off. It was a horrible accident, but calling her a killer doesn't help. We could all be in that same situation at some point in our lives.
amberc commented at 10/27/2011 11:20:00 AM:
I'm not going to argue with anyone over this. Two of his grandbabies are my nieces. I know how much he is lived and will be missed. I'm also not trying to downplay what has happened so please don't think that. I'm just saying God forgives her for what she has done and I KNOW for a fact because I had friends on scene that she did not mean to kill anyone. We don't know if she even saw him. I have almost pulled in front of someone at night because I didn't see them.
amberc commented at 10/27/2011 11:23:00 AM:
When I said I knew the driver well I meant the driver of the motorcycle not the car
blatch commented at 10/27/2011 11:57:00 AM:
why are you not releasing the name while at the same time questioning why the name is not being released?
sgreer commented at 10/27/2011 12:03:00 PM:
I've known the Dvorak family for 21 years. We were stationed together in the AF and Ed and his wife Vickie cared for my son while I worked. "PawPaw and Grandma' to my son. The Dvorak family is one of the sweetest, loving, giving and loyal families I have ever had the privilege of knowing. We lost touch a few years but recently connected again and I was thrilled about that! Ed is an amazing pillar to his family, loyal and loving in every role he had in life! My heart aches for his family. My heart goes out to the person that hit him, she has to live through her life with the guilt of it. I wish that more could be done to stop the senseless accidents involving cycles. People need to be more aware of what is going on around them and stop being in a constant state of rush! God Bless the Dvorak family!
mr trigg commented at 10/27/2011 12:34:00 PM:
I am not judging the driver in anyway but I still question why the selective publishing (or not publishing)of names. I truly feel sorry for her and her family. However a father, husband, Vet, grandfather, friend did not go home last night.
Fault or no fault the names are always published with the details of the incident/accident. Reporting half of the WHO in a story line (Who, What, When, Where, and How)? This almost seems political...just sayin
andy_paul commented at 10/27/2011 1:28:00 PM:
I know that this has been tragic. Yes, he did not get to go home last night and my thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. Everyone that is sitting here talking about why wont they release all the names is because of what our society has become. She is having to deal with this and it can not be easy. But with how people are now if her name was released how many people would write death threats and all kinds of hateful things to her and her family. Do you really think that she wanted this to happen. As a Godly man I know that I will not throw the stone as a lot of people seem to be wanting.
It has been proven that Motorcycles are hard for someone to notice because of our brain and what it is used to seeing. So people show respect to both families and just pray for them that is what they are needing not people bashing and being hateful. I will continue to pray for both families.
devin golden commented at 10/27/2011 1:35:00 PM:
The story has been updated again with police releasing the other driver's name.
ilike2comment commented at 10/27/2011 2:30:00 PM:
why was it so important to have the driver's name? this person has obviously been through enough, as well as the family who has to deal with this horrible tragedy. accidents happen everyday and none of us should point the finger because guess what one day it could be any of us sitting in that driver's seat. now with that said i am very sorry for the family who lost their loved one and i pray God my comfort them and help them understand everything happens for a reason.
justme34 commented at 10/27/2011 4:35:00 PM:
Not only do I pray for the families involved, I also pray for the people that made some of the comments.
cosmo100 commented at 10/27/2011 6:07:00 PM:
DawnND, you have serious problems, Have you NEVER made a mistake in your life???? When you get on a motorcycle ANYTIME you are taking a RISK at life. Just because alot of times wrecks involving a motorcycle include a n intoxicated driver DOES NOT mean that they all do. Same goes for cars, humans are not perfect and mistakes will be made. You can tell his grandchildren that he is not with yall anymore because he RISKED HIS LIFE by driving a motorcycle... and another HUMAN who makes mistakes like we all do used bad judgement or didnt see him and had a ACCIDENT!!!!!!!!! You need to pray for comfort and forgiveness and get off of the interent "blaming" somone for why he is not alive anymore.
spikeivey commented at 10/27/2011 9:14:00 PM:
I have to challenge the stereotype that bikers are careless speed-freaks (a few bad apples have really spoiled the barrel here); if anything, I believe that most bikers are MUCH MORE attentive and careful because they KNOW they are less visible than a car.
Are there riders out there who push the envelope and drive like idiots? Sure. Are they the majority? Not by a long shot. They are just the ones who get your attention because they zoom past you doing 80 or squeeze between lanes on the highway. Because of THEIR ignorance, you don't notice the guy and gal on their bike who are obeying traffic laws, being cautious AND courteous, and enjoying a gorgeous day outdoors (and yes, that could be my hubby and myself).
Folks, PLEASE pay attention to your surroundings and the vehicles you're sharing the road with! Trust me, there is no phone call, no text message, no song on the radio, not even a casual conversation with your passenger, that is worth a human life!
Dawn, I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know your uncle, but I know lots of people who work on Base and DID know him, and they have had nothing but kind things to say about him.
As for Cosmo100, I think your post is EXTREMELY insensitive and uncalled for. Yes, we have all made mistakes, but most of our mistakes, thank God above, do not cost the life of an innocent person. You seem to believe this man basically asked to be in a fatal accident just because he enjoyed riding a motorcycle. I pray that you never have to lose a loved one the way that Dawn just did.
misscountrygirl commented at 10/27/2011 11:59:00 PM:
how does anyone know the woman wasnt on the phone are texting someone. she has to pay for her mistakes just like we all do. your not God and nither am i but beleave me i would be wanting more information on the wreak to find out was she texting are on a call and not looking both ways and just pulled out there and caused a man to lose his life and a family to lose a loved one. May God be with the family that lost a loved one.
kj commented at 10/28/2011 2:19:00 AM:
"But with how people are now if her name was released how many people would write death threats and all kinds of hateful things to her and her family."
This is 2011. We live with this thing called "the internet." Everything that is public record is discoverable by everyone with an internet connection. There's no question that someone's name can or should be made available. The very simple fact is that it WILL be made available. So when a publication defers publication, that deferral is going to draw attention. When everyone has a cellphone camera; when everyone has an internet connection; when everyone knows how to search Google or Bing; expectations of privacy must necessarily only extend to that time when you are really the only person accessible to you.
homer commented at 10/28/2011 7:07:00 AM:
Being a biker myself all motorcycles run with their headlight illuminated at all times. Day or night it is hard not to see an illuminated headlight glowing coming at you. I feel for both families as my brother was killed on his motorcycle nearly the same way several years ago. There is too much distraction to all drivers
nowadays. Cell phones, flashing signs with advertisements to read, drive-in food to eat on the go, etc.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 10/28/2011 7:24:00 AM:
Ok, so here is the lesson learned: a car is a dangerous weapon. It does not think on its' own... it requires your participation for this function. Given the consequences possible, you need to have your mind "in the game" instead of in your cell phone, the jam box, fishing around in the floor board for another CD, putting on makeup, reading, and a whole list of things people THINK they can do while driving.
You need to realize that no matter how fast you drive to get somewhere in a hurry, you will only get there a very few seconds sooner than you would have otherwise... assuming you live to get there.
You need to realize that yes, Supermom/Superdad/Speedracer, you can die today acting a fool behind the wheel.
Or better yet, you need to realize you can kill someone else today acting a fool behind the wheel.
Keep your eyes and ears open, your mind on the game, and anticipate traffic instead of being caught by surprise in it. Use your eyes!!!
devin golden commented at 10/28/2011 7:45:00 AM:
Just a note: There was no attempt to keep the name secret. We just had not received the name from police the first time the story went online.
freedom2 commented at 10/28/2011 2:23:00 PM:
My heart goes out to both families. Being someone who owns a motorcycle, I know from experience around Columbus, that people in cars do not pay attention to them. I can't tell you the times we had cars about pull right out in front of us only to slam on their brakes when they realize what is about to happen. And it is not just here, it is everywhere. Not all motorcyclists are out there weaving in and out of traffic acting fools, some of us are tax paying citizens who depend on our motorcycles to get us to and from work (especially with gas prices so high). So I ask that EVERYONE who drives please be extra cautious when driving whatever it may be, a truck, bike, car because when something like this happens, it affects everyone involved whether you caused the accident or not.
giggles commented at 10/28/2011 4:55:00 PM:
The driver of the car is a Dr. She saves lives everyday and brings new lives in this world on a daily basis also. Don't be to quick to judge her..it could have just as easily been you driving that car.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 10/29/2011 6:24:00 AM:
And don't be so quick to excuse either. Some of you are acting like this was just a simple case of stepping on someones foot by accident.
I not suggesting the woman should get the chair, but at some point when are people going to stop making excuses? Who was operating the vehicle?
If you pull out in front of someone, YOU neglected to insure it was safe to do so.
I don't care if you "didn't see it" or whatever excuse you have...YOU are required to make sure it is safe to pull out BEFORE doing so.
So if you can't see a motorcycle...get your eyes checked. Or clean your windows. Or roll them down and look. Or whatever it is you have to do to make sure it is safe for you to move.
Excuses are just what they are: excuses for not having done what you should have when you should have. They are the sugar cubes of the lazy meant to make the sour mess they've made taste better. And this country has become over-run with sour mess makers.
It could have just as easily been me driving that car?
I don't think so. I look first. And I look twice. And I don't pull out in front of people regardless of my rush, or "if I think I can make it."
marindarobywinston commented at 10/29/2011 3:08:00 PM:
My heart goes out to both families. I don't know the victim but I do know Dr.Brown. I do know that this could have happened to anyone of us at anytime while driving. Dr.Brown is one of the sweetest and most caring people you could meet. She would never intentionally hurt anyone. This has to be a difficult time for both families. For those of you being hasty I am so happy I serve a forgiving God.
mr trigg commented at 10/30/2011 10:57:00 AM:
Please continue to pray for all involved. This was a terrible mistake which many (including) the driver will suffer from for a long time. Professional status should have no bearing. If the driver of the vehicle was a ditch digger or unemployed or even an ex felon it should not matter. Unless we are now saying social or professional status determines if you are above or under the law. I hope not.
giggles commented at 10/30/2011 6:32:00 PM:
roscoe p. coltrain ..we all know your perfect..gezz, it must be so nice to feel your superior to all the rest of us.
roscoe p. coltrain commented at 10/31/2011 6:29:00 AM:
It's not a matter of superiority, it is a matter of making the effort to take responsibility for ones own actions. If YOU are driving the car, then YOU are responsible for operating it safely. Period.
Everything else is just excuses.
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