Friends remember Columbus man killed in motorcycle accident

Friends remember Columbus man killed in motorcycle accident

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Four motorcycle helmets filled with notes written with black Sharpie sit on the side of Miller Road in Columbus where 23-year-old Paul Bloxom IV lost his life Wednesday evening when his motorcycle collided with a tow truck.

"I heard it, and I just ran across the apartment and told my friend that he needs to call 911 and I ran out here as fast as I could, he was just way too young," explained Zack Adkins, who witnessed the accident.

"If you could describe the nicest person as far as a guy goes, that's pretty much Paul," said friend Jacob Short.

Bloxom is a graduate of Shaw High School and was described as a caring man who could do no wrong.

"My son and Paul became very good friends, they were considered brothers. He blossomed from a beautiful young boy to a great loving young man and it is just sad his life had to end so soon," said friend Evita Wynn.

"He was the kind of person who sticks with you. He was an all around good guy," explained friend Josh Shearer.

Friends say Bloxom had a lasting effect on people.

Now rose petals, a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, notes from loved ones and even strangers honor a legacy of a life cut too short.

"The greatest type of person you will ever meet in your entire life. He was never sad, he was always smiling," said Short.

"I'm just so glad I met him through my son and I did get to see him with a smile on his face before he left this earth," explained Wynn.

Officials say the Georgia Bureau of Investigation will perform a toxicology report, as part of the investigation into this accident.

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