Ga. County Staff Freed From Suit Over Biker Hit By Tree

By Mike Curley (August 24, 2021, 2:14 PM EDT) -- A Georgia appeals court has cleared two Jones County employees in a suit alleging their negligence led to a dead tree falling and killing a motorcyclist, saying the workers have immunity to the claims under state law.

In an opinion filed Monday, the three-judge panel reversed a lower court ruling denying summary judgment to John Lowe and Donald Hammock in a suit brought by Ann Etheridge, mother of Clinton Giddens, who died in November 2016 as a result of the accident.

According to the complaint, Lowe was the director of the Jones County Public Works Department, while Hammock was its superintendent....

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