Fatal Bicycle Accident Caused by a Police Van in Savannah, Garden City Area

There are many wonderful places to ride your bicycle here in the beautiful state of Georgia. Unfortunately, however due to traffic and congestion, riding a bike can sometimes be dangerous. Even the most skilled cyclist can be the victim of a careless driver. Kalka & Baer is one of Georgia’s leading bicycle accident law firms. We have helped many clients who have been injured while riding their bike due to:

  • Careless drivers (including bus drivers)
  • Drivers talking on their cell phones
  • Drivers texting While driving
  • Drivers not leaving a safe distance while passing a cyclist

If you have sustained injury while riding your bike, contact the law firm of Kalka & Baer. We are experienced bicycle accident lawyers and will fight hard to get you the compensation you deserve.

Alas, even the most skilled cyclist can be the victim in an accident cause by his or her own doing. Savannah Morning News broke the story of a Savannah bicycle accident where a van struck and killed a cyclist.

Garden City police identified the cyclist as Dan Grantham, a 53-year-old man living in the Savannah area. Grantham was riding his bicycle last Sunday night on Ogeechee Road, also called U.S. 17, near its intersection of Dean Forest Road. He then was struck by a police forensics van.

Garden City police released a statement the next day detailing the accident; Savannah-Chatham Star Corporal Joseph Bejnarowicz was driving the forensics van, which included another Savannah-Chatham police officer, when he hit Grantham on his bicycle. The report stated that the van was traveling in the inside lane and that Grantham was trying to cross the U.S. 17 highway. Unfortunately, Grantham died on the scene of the accident.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Garden City police are continuing to investigate the bike accident. Per police department protocol, Bejnarowicz has been placed on leave until the investigation is closed.

This accident is deeply sad, and we sympathize for Grantham’s family and friends for their loss. Yet, there are a few safety lessons other cyclists can take away from this accident. Garden City police reported that Grantham was not wearing a helmet and wearing a dark orange coat that was not reflective. Also that the bicycle lacked lights and reflectors.

When riding your bicycle (especially at night), you should take specific, cautionary duty to protect you and your bike. Follow these simple safety tips found in GDOT’s Georgia Bike Sense: A Guide for Cyclists & Motorists.

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Wear bright colors- neon colored clothes work best
  • Use headlights and taillights- a white colored headlight and a red colored taillight
  • Ride in a predictable manner- no weaving in and out of traffic
  • Interact and communicate with motorists- use hand signals, eye contact, etc.

Remember, bicycles are vehicles too here in Georgia! So while cars, trucks and motorcycles should take care to look out for bicycles, cyclists should also be diligent about following Georgia traffic laws.

Categories: Cycling Accidents