COOLIDGE — A Colquitt County motorcyclist has died after sustaining injuries from a single-vehicle wreck last month.
The Georgia State Patrol says Moultrie resident Dustin Alan Brown was traveling southbound on Patterson Still Road north of Parramore Road on Dec. 15 when he failed to maintain a right turn. Brown's vehicle overturned as he was thrown into a ditch, a GSP spokesperson said.
Brown was given a citation for failure to maintain his lane, but he died of his injures Jan. 2 at a trauma center in Atlanta, the Colquitt County coroner's office confirmed.
A charity motorcycle ride in Brown's memory is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 18 to raise money for his family. The ride will start at the Tifton Harley on Casseta Road and will finish at Brown's church in Colquitt County at 4103 Rocky Ford Road. Participation will cost $15.
Brown, 24, was just a few weeks separated from celebrating his birthday the month prior at the time of his death. He was employed as a mechanic at Tenneson Nissan in Tifton and was described as a family man and a hard worker.
"He's somebody that would have given the shirt off of his back to help anybody," said Josh Hicks, a lifelong friend of Brown's.
"It's hard," Hicks continued. "I based my life on planning my weekends around him. If I had something I wanted to do, I would always see what his plans were before we made plans."
According to an incident report, Brown was exceeding the speed limit at the time he lost control of his vehicle. He was initially transported to an intensive care unit in Thomasville where he was treated for broken ribs and a punctured lung.
The vehicle, a 2007 Yamaha XVZ13, sustained disabling damage.