November 12, 2010 - Warner Robins, GA - A motorcycle accident in Warner Robins cost one woman her life Monday evening.
13WMAZ reports that the crash happened at around 5:41 p.m. Monday at the intersection of Watson Boulevard and Austin Avenue. Warner Robins Police stated that a gold 2004 Chevrolet Silverado truck, driven by Sheri Lee St. Louis, 39, of Perry, was travelling eastbound on Watson Boulevard when it attempted to make a left turn into a business.
At that time, Valerie Gay Whitaker, 41, of Warner Robins, was riding her 2006 Harley Davidson motorcycle westbound on Watson Boulevard. As Whitaker entered the intersection, St. Louis' truck turned into her path. Whitaker's motorcycle collided with the Chevrolet, causing Whitaker to be thrown from her vehicle.
A third vehicle, a red 1996 Chevrolet C1500 truck driven by Mitchell Fowler, 18, of Warner Robins, was driving behind the motorcycle at the time of the crash. Fowler attempted to swerve left to avoid the crash, but ended up hitting both Whitaker and her motorcycle.
Whitaker suffered severe impact trauma in the motorcycle accident and was taken to the Houston Medical Center immediately following the crash. Whitaker died in the hospital at 6:41 a.m. Wednesday. Police stated that both Fowler and St. Louis were uninjured.
The fatal motorcycle accident remains under investigation.
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