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Two killed after motorcycle and bike collide

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LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) - A white cross marks the spot where 22-year-old Quintin Burks, or Sean as his family and friends called him, lost his life.

"His life ended just like that- in a flash," said his aunt, Janice McGruder.

It happened Friday night at the intersection of Polk and Lindsey Street in LaGrange.

Police say Burks was riding his bike and didn't yield to a speeding motorcycle, driven by 36-year-old Brian Carroll.

The two collided and were killed instantly. Responding officers were greeted with a grizzly scene.

"The motorcycle traveled some 238 feet from impact to final rest. The bicycle traveled some 85 feet from impact to final rest and both victims had a lot of trauma," said Corporal Donald LaMee, with LaGrange Police Department's Traffic Division.

Those closest to Brian Carroll also marked the place where he died with a cross Saturday. 

"We just fixed his bike. He wasn't even on it for two minutes. He came flying down the road. His throttle must have gotten stuck because it was messed up. He was going 100 when he passed the house up there. I just saw him laying here and that was the end of it. This was the greatest guy you'll ever know right here," said his best friend Brandon Hart.

It's double the tragedy, double the pain for the community. And after this accident, LaGrange authorities have a message for drivers- one that is echoed by the victims' families.

"People need to keep in mind when you're riding in the roadway on bicycles, that you have to obey the rules of the roadway just like if you're in a car. I also recommend, in this particular case the guy on the motorcycle was not wearing a helmet, that you should wear protective gear," Corporal LaMee said.

"We have so many speeders. These people are traveling so wild like they're on a speed track where they race cars all the time and what happened yesterday could have been avoided," Janice McGruder added.

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