Ethan Frederick Parmer’s motorcycle skidded 150 feet Friday evening before his fatal collision with a pickup truck at Veterans Parkway and River Road, Columbus police reported today.
Police said Parmer, 20, who about 7:20 p.m. was southbound on Veterans Parkway in the far right-hand lane, apparently didn’t see a red light in time to stop. His 1995 Triumph Trophy slid into the right side of a 2010 Toyota Tundra turning left onto River Road.
The Toyota’s 61-year-old driver had proceeded through a green left-turn signal, investigators said.
Parmer, of 6026 Chrisbin Drive, Columbus, was taken to The Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 10:42 p.m., authorities said.
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Parmer had an enthusiasm for herpetology -- the study of reptiles and amphibians -- and his family has asked that donations in his memory go toward the reptile collection at Columbus State University’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, 3535 S. Lumpkin Road, Columbus, Ga., 31903. The phone number is 706-687-4090.
Patricia Lassiter, the center’s administrative assistant and volunteer coordinator, recalled Parmer’s visiting the facility when he heard it was to restore its reptile collection after a previous director eliminated it.
“He was really excited that we were bringing animals back to Oxbow,” Lassiter said. “He liked the reptiles, and he was happy that we were getting a new building. He had a belief in the future of Oxbow. We were grateful for his enthusiasm.”
A memorial service and family visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 4071 Macon Road, Columbus.