A motorcyclist wearing a skateboard helmet was killed this morning on Williams Road in Columbus after colliding with a tractor trailer.
The crash occurred shortly after 8:30 a.m. near the intersection of Hillsdale Drive.
According to Columbus Police Sgt. Clyde Dent, Ronald J. Brown, 66, of Columbus, was riding east on Williams Road when he veered into oncoming traffic and struck what Dent described as a tractor trailer style dump truck.
Brown, who was ejected from his motorcycle, sustained life threatening injuries. He was transported to The Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 9:21 a.m., said Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower. His body was sent to Atlanta for an autopsy.
Brown was not wearing a Department of Transportation approved helmet, Dent said. His head protection consisted of a skateboard helmet, although that factor might not have made a difference in saving Brown's life considering the extent his bodily injuries, Dent said. Still, the sergeant cautioned all motorcycle riders to wear the appropriate riding gear at all times, including a DOT approved helmet.
"That style is approved for a reason," Dent said. "It provides more protection."
Investigators have determined that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the truck driver -- who was not injured in the collision -- therefore no charges have been filed in this case.