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Update: Motorcyclist Dies in I-20 Accident, 1 Driver Charged with DUI

The 5 a.m. accident closed I-20 westbound between Thornton and Lee Rd.

Update 1:41 p.m.


A Harley Davidson being operated by Jason Dale Strickland, 37, from Bremen and a Honda Element being driven by Francisco Ferrer, 33, from Dallas, were traveling west on Inerstate 20 when the Element struck the Harley from behind.

The impact ejected Strickland from the motorcycle and into the center travel lane where he was hit by a truck being driven by Joseph Edward Marrett, 66, from Conyers. Strickland was killed in the crash and there were no other injuries.

Ferrer has been charged with driving under the influence with other charges pending the completion of the investigation. There are no charges pending against Marrett.

Original Story:

A motorcyclist died at about 5 a.m. when the motorcycle was hit by a passenger vehicle from behind while traveling westbound on Interstate 20. The motorcyclist was ejected into the travel lane and hit by a truck, Gordy Wright said in an email, spokesman for the Georgia State Patrol.

There were no other injuries.

The 5 a.m. accident closed I-20 westbound between Thornton and Lee Rd.

Authorities have not released the name of the victim.

Please return to Patch for updates.

david w. sisson March 28, 2012 at 07:36 PM
This was my wife's nephew. Please let me know of the court dates: as I would like to attend.
JP March 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
A Facebook page has been set up, search: Jason Strickland and Family Foundation a Memorial fund has been set in place at Wells Fargo Bank: Make donations to Jason Strickland Memorial Account
A biker friend April 01, 2012 at 01:16 PM
The monster who did this to a Hero needs to PAY, His friend posted that he was a cop in new York at one time,, o k really a cop stupid you know NOT TO DRINK AND DRIVE wake up this guy just got off work where he saved lives and here you want to take his. All i ask is WHY, nothing you can say will be good enough. I guess that was just to good for you. I guess you don't get the pain you have caused. A wife will never tell her husband she loves him again a child will never play ball with their dad again, but you get to C your family from jail and let the tax payers support you. u got off easy I believe you have no remorse, and don't say you do cause you just have no Idea in what you have done. I pray that it eats at you for the rest of your life, A hero had to pass because of you being STUPID. As far as Jason's family and a friend to all Bikers Hero you will always live in our hearts and NEVER BE FORGOTTEN NEVER, To the judge please don't let this monster get away with this sick thing he has done.I just feel it in my hear if he gets out it will only a matter of time he will be right back out there on the streets drinking and driving again and how many lives will this man get to clam before he will pay for what he has done. AGAIN MY LOVE GOES OUT TO THE STRICKLAND WHO IS ALSO A FRIEND
pam lunsford April 03, 2012 at 11:06 PM
the guy who hit the motorcycle probably wasn't here leagally and people like that need to go back to where they came from. My sister was nit by a drunk mexican who had no license no insurance and no proof of ownership. He never spent a day in jail!!!! GET THESE PEOPLE OFF OUR ROADS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ju kno April 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Jason Dale Strickland was no "hero" and all u people are super racist against any other race that isn't WHITE!! ur all naive and show that "traller trash" people from the south are not intelligent at all
alyssa holsinger May 05, 2012 at 11:16 PM
You know ju kno... Its isnt about the race.or religion its about the fact that it was wrong he shouldnt have been drinking and driving period u may think he was no hero but to many people he was u should.keep your crude unjustly and iggnorant comments to yourself.not.only has a wife lost her husband but a brother father and great friend has been lost... Again its.not about race or anything other than the fact he was doing wrong and it took someones.life...
Dayma September 21, 2012 at 01:44 AM
that so called hero was a rapist in Oklahoma May he rest in peace though... http://docapp065p.doc.state.ok.us/servlet/page?_pageid=394&_dad=portal30&_schema=PORTAL30&doc_num=524050&offender_book_id=310020
Wanda September 25, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Dyma this is not the same Jason Strickland the guy that was arrested was born in 1982.
Nikki September 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
"Dayma" you should really compare pictures before you make comments. Because that is not Jason Dale Strickland. And "BP" .. If he was an ex cop he should have known better than to drive after he even had one. It would have prevented the whole thing. And the fact that he had no reaction to being present when they showed Jason's wife his bike and what it did to her is bullshit. No remorse whatsoever. He should rot in hell.
citizenconcerned January 23, 2013 at 09:52 AM
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU TO THE JUDGE WHO PUT HIM BACK OUT on the streets like everyone don't already have enough to worry about. What was this Judge thinking. He's at home, not remorsing I'm sure but partying and contemplating a way out of it. How many other times has he done this? How many things is he doing now that are causing people grief? They should have let him stay in Jail. How does he have a JOB when he can't drive? What does he do, sell drugs from home? Thanks Judge.
citizenconcerned January 28, 2013 at 08:29 AM
Shame. This is NO Man, NO Human and NO creature worthy of pity or mercy. He is a DEMON from the Depths of Hell sent to Destroy and Kill without remorse. He is out. Do you know that? What if he kills someone you love? He spilled INNOCENT Blood on the very Highway that his Victim spent many days and hours saving lives on. Do you think this man cares about anything but his own Freedom??? Regardless if Jason was on a motorcycle or in a car, this DEMON would have taken a life before making it back to his cave in hell. NO PUNISHMENT will ever be rendered that will Be BEFITTING to his charges. There should be a collective gathering on the courthouse lawn to make sure justice is served. I understand now why people take the law into their own hands. This UNHOLY Dark Demon is out living it up. He apparently has endless financial resources, probably from Drugs or a Gang of His Thugs. PEOPLE SHOULD BE OUTRAGED that Douglas County of all Counties allowed IT back on the streets. I say, Lock him up for as long as possible then send him back to his Godless country.
citizenconcerned January 28, 2013 at 08:40 AM
I so Agree. He was NO ex cop. I don't know where this started. This Thug never done anything good in his sorry existance. He had a gang of thugs doing his dirty work and taking the rap for crimes while he took in all the money. How do you think he has so much financial resource? Posting a 300,000 bond. Hiring a Known Attorney. He is a Thug. A Demon. A Dark Force that will continue to plague our streets and stain them with innocent blood. He may not have an extensive criminal past but only because he has people taking the RAP for his crimes. You have to know that these people come from a different world than we do. They don't respect Americans. They resent us in private and I speak Spanish. I have pretended I didn't in many circles where I could learn what they would say behind our backs. They abhore us. We allow them here. They don't care about one american. Yet our government supports their sorry lives. There is alot of missing information on this Demon but nothing good. They hide it well. They are all raised taught and exposed to ritualistic demonic practices. They use God as a deception. This Demon should be sent back to the Hell that made him. I hope the courthouse is filled with people who will make sure another innocent soul is laid in a cemetary hole. Jason's family holidays will be spent visiting the cemetary where he lies.
citizenconcerned January 28, 2013 at 08:54 AM
OK PEOPLE> THIS IS THE WIFE OF THE FILTHY DEMON WHO TOOK JASON'S life and now she is adding insult to injury by posting this LIE against Jason Strickland on the internet. See, these people have NO REMORSE, NO SHAME and do not care about JASON, YOU or Me. Only their sorry selves. You dispicable piece of trash posting this to mislead people about Jason. The VILE Demon you are Defending sweetheart was out drinking and cheating on YOU. Still you post this slander against the Victim, Jason Strickland who surely passed a background check before working as an EMT at a Major Atlanta Hospital. What does your Demonic husband do to rake in all the money that he has to get his sorry tail out of this mess, HE IS A DRUG LORD. A DEMONIC Piece of Garbage. This kind of Slander against his VICTIM who was returned home in plastic bags is an atrosity. You should be thrown in jail with him. SHAME. SHAME, SHAME, you and your sorry family deserve NO MERCY or PITY or HELP. You all are troublemakers. LIARS, THIEVES and MURDERERS. Plain and simple. Got that????????????????? I could post links with other Fransico Ferrer's with criminal records saying that is your filthy Demonic Husband. But there is a social responsibility that you or your family do not possess. I hope now everyone can see how EVIL this Family is. SHAME AGAIN ON YOU. LIAR.
BP April 06, 2013 at 08:02 AM
A Picture of the Battle between GOOD and EVIL here. You have a Good man, Jason Strickland who spends his life and heart saving the lives of others as a Grady EMT who just got off from work and was on his way home. You have EVIL, (JR FERRER) who leaves a trashy strip club after spending an obscene amount of money on strippers and getting drunk, gets into his weapon and runs down Strickland leaving stricklands motorcycle stuck like a bug to the front of his car and throwing Strickland into the path of an on coming 18 wheeler who detroys Stricklands body then is hit a couple more times until his body is now in pieces littering the interstate where he spent his days saving lives on. Strickland had children at home waiting who will never see their daddy again, then you have FERRER, who has a Baby at home and is out at 4am at a strip club and who will have a sorry piece of crap daddy all her life. Ferrer will forever be a burden to society now as I'm sure he already was. He took one of societies best, Jason Strickland and put him in baggies. I PRAY this UNITES a CITY, A County, A State, A Country and everyone should become OUTRAGED that this atrocity happened and will not be let go. A shame that old fashioned hangings have been outlawed. This one BEGS for it. I hope this Trash never sees the light of day again.
BP April 06, 2013 at 08:36 AM
Rest In Peace Dear Friend on your Anniversary Date going to God. God promises His Vengence. I at least pray for staining the streets with your loving blood.
BP April 06, 2013 at 08:39 AM
This SCUM was NO COP. That was just a lie that got started. This should unite everyone on the courthouse steps to make sure this piece of Hell's garbage spends as much time as possible in the worst prison possible for shedding the Blood of such a Noble Man with Great Honor as Jason Strickland.
BP April 06, 2013 at 08:44 AM
You piece of sorry Trash. Everyone knows you are the skankyWIFE of the murderer who Killed Jason. This sorry family has NO SHAME and NO REMORSE. I PRAY with all my SOUL that NO MERCY is ever given to any of you for what you have done without remorse, regret or Shame. You all should be sent back to the 3rd world hell you came from and stop trashing Jason's Name on the internet. Jason never committed a crime in his life except saving the lives of your kind of people.
Judy April 18, 2013 at 11:55 PM
Just a Crying Shame! This man looks evil. I knew Jason and as the 1 year anniversary past of his death, I went to a place that I remember Jason loved and cried. He was such a Wonderful and Endearing Man only to have his life so unimaginably taken in such a violent way just makes me sick thinking of his last moments. I am a Christian and I have to pray that God will forgive me for the Horrible Anger and thoughts I have against this demonic creature that will live his life once this is past. I can Only BEG the Justice System will Deliver a Swift and Mighty Hand of Justice Against him. He will also have to meet his maker and I pray that I do not have so spend eternity in a place with people like him. You are a DISGRACE and SHAME to the human race Mr. Ferrer. I do not address you with any respect. God Bless Jason's Families and Children that will never know their wonderful Daddy. Love you Jason, Judy.
Hailey November 17, 2013 at 07:20 PM
My prayers to both families. These times are hard for them and the people are worse.

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