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Charges pending in crash

SNELLVILLE - Charges are pending against a 37-year-old Stone Mountain man involved in a wreck that resulted in the death of a 21-year-old motorcyclist.

Preliminary investigations indicate Anthony M. Bryant was driving a 2004 Dodge Ram truck east on Stone Mountain Highway about 9 p.m. Tuesday when he attempted to make a left turn into the Home Depot parking lot in front of the motorcyclist, said Gwinnett County Police Department spokesman Cpl. Darren Moloney.

Bradley James Peerson of Tucker, driver of the 2002 Honda motorcycle, "laid down" the bike in an attempt to avoid hitting Bryant's truck but was thrown from the bike, Moloney said.

Peerson's motorcycle struck Bryant's vehicle and a tire from the Dodge truck flew off upon impact, hitting a Jeep Cherokee traveling in a westbound lane, according to a Police Department media release.

Moloney said Peerson was taken to Emory Eastside Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries.

Neither Bryant nor the driver of the Jeep Cherokee, 61-year-old Joe E. Miles of Stone Mountain, were injured.

Moloney said Bryant is at fault for the accident, and drugs, alcohol or excessive speed do not appear to have contributed to the accident.

"Misdemeanor failure to yield while turning left, at the least, unless something comes back in the blood tests," Moloney said of possible charges against Bryant. "There are no signs of excessive speed at the scene."

Bryant and Miles were both wearing their seat belts, according to the release, and Peerson was wearing a helmet.

Moloney said this is the 23rd motor-vehicle-related fatality handled by the county police's accident investigation unit this year.

"We have had 39 (accident) call-outs this year," Moloney said. "Twenty-three those were fatalities."

Two other young adults died in motor vehicle accidents in the past two weeks.

Gregory Keith Jones, 25, of Sugar Hill was killed in a single-car accident Tuesday morning as he was traveling south on Level Creek Road shortly before

1 a.m. and failed to negotiate a curve, overturning his 2005 Nissan Maxima.

On May 5, 17-year-old Daniel Peek, Brookwood High School's starting quarterback, was in a single-car accident and thrown from his Jeep Cherokee. Peek died May 9 after the wreck as a result of his injuries. Police said alcohol and speeding appear to have contributed to the accident.