The collision occurred as Mayo was traveling westbound on Jackson Road, riding a 2001 Kawasaki Vulcan motorcycle. A second vehicle, a Griffin-Spalding County School System bus driven by 43-year-old Gwendolyn Dallas, of Griffin, was traveling eastbound on Jackson Road.
“According to both the bus driver and the witnesses, the bus driver was making a left turn off of Jackson Road onto Hickory Circle,” said Trooper 1st Class Olin Lundy, of the Georgia State Patrol-Griffin Post. “She noticed the motorcycle driver as she was halfway through her turn. She tried to complete her turn, and she almost made it, but the motorcycle hit the tail end of her bus.”
Although 13 students were on the bus, none were injured.
Mayo, who was conscious and alert at the scene, was transported by Emory Flight to Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta for treatment of his injuries.
“He had at least one broken finger — I believe it was on his right hand — and head injuries, plus whatever else they may find when they get to the hospital,” Lundy said.
No charges were issued at the scene, but Lundy anticipates charges being filed in the incident.
“It will probably be against the bus driver. I haven’t charged anyone yet, though,” he said.
Lundy said he must first complete his investigation before making a decision on possible charges.
Visibility at the intersection of Jackson Road and Hickory Circle was not obstructed, Lundy said, adding, “His (Mayo’s) headlight was still burning on his bike when I arrived on the scene. I did take notice of that.”
Griffin-Spalding County School System Transportation Director Lamar Smith was present at the wreck site, and said Dallas would be taken directly from that location for drug and alcohol testing, as is required by state regulations.