Georgia biker dad nearly killed by a flying mattress, “they didn’t think I was going to make it
ATLANTA, GA (BIKER DAD) — A Georgia biker dad nearly killed by a flying mattress didn’t think he was going to survive his encounter with the deadly debris. He spoke with CBS 46 in Atlanta. “I don’t remember hitting the mattress, I blacked out at some point,” Charles Hodges told CBS46.
Unsecured loads are extremely dangerous to all drivers, but motorcycles in particular. Police say someone hauling a giant stack of mattresses down the road didn’t have them properly tied down. When one flew off, it nearly killed Hodges, “”I was literally tumbling,” he paused. “I could feel myself going over and over. I couldn’t stop. I had no control over it.”
It may sound like a freak accident. But I’ve covered many stories over the years about mattresses coming loose and causing tragedy for motorcycle riders including this one caught on video.
CBS 46 goes on to report, “his legs, arms, shoulders and even his teeth were injured and broken. Sandy Springs Police say they have no leads on the driver carrying furniture that was not properly strapped.” You can watch their full investigation in the video player above.
Police say dangerous towers of unsecured mattresses stacked on vehicles has become a huge issue and a dangerous one. Georgia law (and most state) requires securing your load. OCGA 40-6-248:” No person shall operate any motor vehicle with a load on or in such vehicle unless the load… is adequately secured to prevent the dropping or shifting of the load onto the roadway. Any person who operates a vehicle in violation of this Code section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”
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Nearly killed by a flying mattress: Danger of unsecured loads
After covering several of these stories, I’m acutely aware of dangerous payloads. Just this week in Pensacola, Florida a woman driving a pickup turned into the lane in front of me. I noticed it was stacked ten feet above the cab with junk and lawn furniture. I sped around her so I didn’t have to spend the next ten miles dodging projectiles. She got angry about me and my riding passenger passing her and began road raging on us. We made it out safely. But this is just another example of a selfish driver not caring about others on the road.
In the meantime, the driver who caused Hodges’ near-death experience is still on the run. The lazy and selfish person took off from the scene of the crash. Police are asking anyone who knows anything to come forward and help this biker dad nearly killed by a flying mattress to come forward. Hodges says he’s only alive because a paramedic happened to be a few cars back and rushed to help.
If you would like to help Hodges in his recovery you can click here.