Motorcyclist dies in Sunday crash

Mon, 04/13/2009 - 11:17am
By: The Citizen

A Fayetteville man died Sunday evening after his motorcycle rear-ended a car on County Line Road near Plantation Parkway in southeast Fayette, sheriff's deputies said.

Mark Cook, 25, appeared to have driven his 2007 Yamaha motorcycle at high speed immediately before the collision, which occurred at approximately 6:09 p.m., deputies said.

Cook was driving south on County Line Road when he struck the rear of the car, a 2007 Dodge Caliber driven by Lisa Clark, 40, of Fayetteville. Clark's vehicle was also southbound on County Line Road at the time, deputies said.

Cook was thrown from the vehicle and suffered serious injuries, deputies said, adding that he was pronounced dead at the scene. Cook was alone on the motorcycle and was wearing appropriate safety gear at the time of the crash, deputies said.

The traffic enforcement section of the Fayette County Sheriff's Office is continuing its investigation, but charges are not anticipated in conjunction with the crash, deputies said.

This is the first fatal motor vehicle crash in unincorporated Fayette County this year.

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Submitted by curtis0603 on Wed, 04/22/2009 - 6:50pm.

Why couldn’t I express myself, the way it was meant to be. How is it that I found myself speechless through my own fears? In a way, without a word, I betrayed myself… I betrayed my best friend. He had every right to know that I was sorry. That I wanted to be the friend he deserved, the friend he always saw me to be. He had a right to know that I have become more, as a person, and it was in part because he believed in me. He deserved to know that I loved him as a brother, I loved him as a friend. I’ve missed him, every single day, but I never had the nerve to say it… It seemed so trivial without the actions to overcome the words. Only my pride has now become my regret for I cannot make amends to the mistake I had shown myself to be.

Submitted by marksdad on Sat, 04/18/2009 - 7:56pm.

I would like to thank all those who took the time to express their sorrow. Mark was indeed a very special man in our lives as well as those who he called friend. Mark was a caring, kind, fun loving son-uncle-brother-friend. I still can not really come to grips that he is gone from our mortal lives, but do know that we will be re-united again.

Some writers in this article have assumed that he was just out speeding around uncontrolled. Seems that the police doing the investigation have not found that to be true. we do not have the final results back yet, but he may have only been a few miles over the speed limit trying to get home and cook dinner for the girl of his dreams. I have lost a son, but have gained a daughter. If you are out in your car, please look out for other riders of motorcycles. You very well could save someone's loved one. Mark was planning to be married one week after his death.

I agree, so tragic is our loss great will be our joy when we are all reunited as a family with Christ.

Fayette County services was way beyond the call of duty in how sensitive the Sheriff's office, Coroner, and wrecking yard helped our family. Thank-you

Submitted by Frank Thomas on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 1:25am.

I was leaving my cousins house on my way home when I come upon the accident scene and the accident couldn't have happened anymore than a couple of minutes before I arrived.I got out of my car hoping that there was something I could do to help.I never met Mark but I have read some really nice things about him on this sight and almost feel as if I knew him.I want Mark's Family and friends to know that he appeared to be without pain and in peace before he passed away.I believe The Lord was there with him in his last few minutes to take him home.Marks spirit is alive and well with the Lord in Heaven and without any pain now ,Praise GOD!I hope this will help ease your pain from this tragedy just knowing that he didn't suffer and was in peace.This is the first time in my life I have ever witnessed a tragedy like this and has touched me deeply.I will continue to pray for you and I am very sorry for your loss
God bless you all,

Submitted by ANONYMOUS7465 on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 7:38pm.

I would just like to say that I only knew Mark for a short period of time. But in the 2 years that I got to know Sarah (his fabulous girlfriend) I also got to know him. They were both so amazing together and such beautiful people. Mark was such a big part of alot of the people lives that he worked with. I would like to apologize for such an awful tragedy. I remember the day he bought his bike he came up to o'charleys so excited with this look on his face of pure joy. I want his family and Sarah to know that you all have been on my mind. I will continue to pray for you guys!Sarah remember that Mark will always love you. In thoughts and in prayers always.....

Submitted by ajis1 on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 6:20pm.

For the Comfort and Peace of Family and Friends of Mark Cook.

My Wife and I had the pleasure of knowing and working with Mark.

My wife remembers how full of joy and excitement he was about his girlfriend, who at the time worked at O'Charleys. I remember having lunch with him, talking with him and just hanging out with him riding in his Jeep.

We sincerely hope that his family and friends will take comfort in knowing that, To be absent from this body is to be present with the Lord.
2 Corinthians 5:8

His spirit is alive, He has no pain, No sorrow, He goes on, His spirit is with the one who created it. He is with God.

Mark was truly a unique person, He will truly be missed. A.J.1

Submitted by cnightowl100 on Tue, 04/14/2009 - 2:21pm.

Anyone that knew Mark was touched by him in one way or another. My family and I were truely blessed by his generosity. I don't even think Mark knew how much the sale of that old car ment to us. I only regret not being able to repay him for helping us stay together. As we all do Mark made his mistakes but the good he has done for others far surpassed any of that. Sunday we lost a wounderful friend and will never forget Mark and what he did for me and my family. Mark you will be never be forgetten and always be in our hearts.

Submitted by ansley on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 7:30pm.

I am so thankful to have known Mark Cook. He was one of my closest guy friends and he helped me get through alot. To me he was like family, he was the older brother I never had. I am so grateful to have met him and I will always treasure our friendship and remember all the good times we had together. No matter what the circumstance was, he always found a way to make me laugh and smile. He was an amazing friend and person. I know how much he loved that bike, he couldn't wait to show it off to everyone. He will truly be missed and he will always be in my heart and prayers.

Ansley Smith

Submitted by Raechelle on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 11:01pm.

I just wanted to let you guys know my love, thoughts, and prayers are with you.

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Submitted by kjam on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 9:21pm.

First I would like to say my prayers are with this family.

I also know every time my husband gets on his bike, I pray for his safety. I know he is a safe driver, it's the vehicles that I worry about.

Our family is dealing with a family member, who 9 days ago was involved in a motorcycle accident in Coweta County. Our family member now is at Grady Hospital, has a broken neck, 3 surgeries have come and gone, and now it's a waiting game to see what happens next.

I will have Mark's family in my prayers.

"How people treat you is their Karma, how you react is yours!"

Submitted by skyspy on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 11:07pm.

I'm sorry to hear that. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Submitted by cooksgirl on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 9:09pm.

I want to thank everyone for all of their support and prayers. I want everyone to know what a wonderful, kind, caring, generous, and loving person Mark was. He made an impression on everyone that he met, and it's only now that I see just how many people's lives he touched. Since the day he first rode his bike he has been in love with it. I often teased him about his "other love". He loved the feeling of freedom he had when he was riding. It was an escape, a place where he had no obligations and could just enjoy himself. This was a joy that he often shared with me. I loved him for it, and never felt safer than when I was on the back of that bike holding onto him enjoying the same things that he enjoyed. He will be greatly missed and never ever forgotten. Thank you again for all of your kind words.

Submitted by howell on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 9:50pm.

I just want you to know that my husband and I thought of you all night. We were aware that the authorities were trying to find and notify you of the accident because we were witnesses to the accident and stayed on the scene. Your post touched me deeply and I think that it's so wonderful that you can remember Mark with such loving words. I'm thankful that you have the memories of riding with him (along with many others). I want you to know that he didn't appear to suffer and we were there with him as he went peacefully. It was if angels quietly called him home. God bless you and we pray that God gives you strength in the coming days. We will always remember him.

Submitted by Fayresident on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 7:46pm.

I came upon the accident yesterday at 8PM, after the body had been covered with a sheet. I hadn't seen such a sight for 34 years. I was originally confused because it looked indeed as if the motorcycle ran into the REAR of the car. As you have reported that is exactly what happened but it seems so strange. Maybe the car had just pulled out going south from the Riversedge S.D. and the motorcycle couldn't stop. I was shocked at myself because I found myself thoroughly shaken. I have had the unknown family in my mind all day, knowing what they are now dealing with. I hope those who knew Mark and his family are helping them get through this awful tragedy. But let all our young people learn from this - not to go too fast.

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Submitted by Cyclist on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 7:35pm.

sad. Only 25 years old.
Caution - The Surgeon General has determined that constant blogging is an addiction that can cause a sedentary life style.

Submitted by howell on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 5:29pm.

I was a witness to this horrible accident yesterday. My husband and I just want to send our condolences to the family of Mark and to the lady he hit who had to witness this. Thank you to those of you commenting on this story in a delicate and sympathetic manner because Mark deserves that. The circumstances of the crash and what happend are neither here nor there now. There is nothing worse than watching someone die before your eyes. If you've never witnessed such tragedy, I hope you never have to. It will change your life forever. If you have, you know what I'm saying. God bless his family and him.

Submitted by ohmygosh on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 4:41pm.

People, please be wary of any vehicle around you, and drive safely no matter what you are in or on. We see enough of these "Crotch Rocket" bikes going way too fast and way too reckless for any semblance of control. Whether this was the case or not, we all must be vigilant of those around us and concentrate fully on that while we are driving. If you are going to drive like an idiot, you get everything you deserve, but let's just pray you don't take out anyone else other than yourself in the process.

Submitted by razzmatazz on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 2:04pm.

I agree that the first comment is mean and heartless.
It is a shame that people drive so reckless, especially at night. It is completely unfortunate and sad that this boy died due to it as well. Let it be a lesson to others to drive carefully and always pay attention to the road. Seems there are more and more people speeding, talking or dialing their cell phones and text messaging all while driving. Life is short, enjoy it, live it to the fullest and don't rob yourself of it too early by not paying attention.
My heart goes out to his family.

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Submitted by ftp on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 2:10pm.

RE: “ohmygosh”

Do you know all the circumstances?
Do you know if he has a mechanical failure/issue?
Do you know if he might have had a seizure or a hornet in his helmet?
Did the car pull out in front of him at ½ the speed?

You don’t. His side of the story will never be told either.

The guy lost his life from either a mistake or a bad decision on his part. Speeding motorcycles very rarely take the life of drivers in cars. Have a little class.

Submitted by kerrimay on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 1:37pm.

Wow. I'm absolutely amazed at how cruel some people can be after reading your comment. What a horrible, angry person you must be. Yesterday someone lost a son. Do you have kids? I truly hope none of his family members read your thoughtless comment.

I seriously doubt yesterday's accident has shaken the ENTIRE motorcycle industry. And if that was a concern of yours, could you not have expressed it in a way that wasn't so cruel towards a young man who lost his life? Anyone who speeds even 5 miles over the limit is taking a risk. Do all of those people deserve to die, too?

I'm sad for you. Only a person with no heart would write the things you wrote. You probably aren't, but you should be ashamed of yourself.

Submitted by Dondol on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 2:50pm.

You know some people should pull their heads out of the warm dark spot and think before putting their fingers on a keyboard.
A Kid is gone forever, nuff Said!
God Bless the family.

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Submitted by Incognito on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 5:46pm.

I am sad for all concerned in this accident. It is very tramatic to watch someone die, or to be peripherally involved. Not knowing what happened, we can all just speculate but I wish for peace for the deceased person's family and peace for the poor woman whose car he hit. I would not call the deceased a kid though. He was a man who most likely had 10 years of driving behind him. So sad how this happened.

Submitted by Spyglass on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 1:56pm.

too bad, idiots like this can just post away with any thoughts of who they are hurting.

Submitted by NinaLynn on Mon, 04/13/2009 - 7:01pm.

I am so sorry about the loss of Mark Cook. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends....
P.S. to Spyglass..don't worry about what that other jerk may have written, what goes around comes around.

Submitted by clar1058 on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 4:54pm.

I send my deepest sympathies to Mark Cook's family and friends. I am the lady that was hit and I prayed to God that he would live. I am sorry for your lost. May God bless you and keep you always during this very sad time. I never met Mark but as I have read wonderful things about him. I believe he was a wonderful person and he will be missed. God bless!

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