A 44-year-old man has died of injuries he received in a two-vehicle accident on May 23.
Bobby Bernard Thomas died over the weekend, a week after the crash that claimed the life of his girlfriend Heather Turner, 36 of Bowdon, who was a passenger on a motorcycle Thomas was driving. The accident, which took place near Bowdon at the intersection of Highway 166 and Kuglar Road, is still under investigation by the Georgia State Patrol.
A Go Fund Me page was made for the families of Thomas and Turner and had raised nearly $12,000 by midday on Monday, with 143 donations had been made. The GoFundMe can be found by searching “Bernard Thomas.”
“Bernard is one of the strongest men I’ve had the privilege of knowing,” said a post from the organizer of the Go Fund Me, Wayne Wilson. “He was strong in the gym, he was a source of strength for others, and he had a strong faith in a big God.”
Troopers said that at approximately 6:40 on May 23, a vehicle was traveling east on Highway 166, driven by Brittany Keeton, 32, of Bremen. In the car with her was her 7-year-old daughter, according to GSP.
Keeton’s vehicle, a Chevrolet Malibu, was approaching the intersection of Kuglar Road while a second vehicle, a Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle, driven by Thomas with Turner as a passenger, was stopped at the intersection, with Thomas attempting to make a left turn, according to GPS.
The Chevrolet struck the rear of the motorcycle and both Thomas and Turner were thrown from their vehicle after impact and came to a rest in the eastbound lane along with the motorcycle, according to GSP.
Keeton, according to GSP, said that she was looking back at her daughter and did not see the motorcycle.
Turner died on the scene of the accident and Thomas had to be airlifted to Grady Memorial Hospital for his injuries. Neither Keeton or her daughter were transported for injuries.
A spokesperson for GSP said that Keeton has been charged with homicide by vehicle to the second degree, following too closely, use of safety belts in passenger vehicle, and driver to exercise due care.
“Bernard’s smile and positive vibe at Club Fitness was always contagious,” said one of the donations on the Go Fund Me, Melissa Anthony. “My little girls absolutely loved him. He was their buddy and always gave them the biggest hugs as soon as we would walk into the gym.”