NOTE: This release was distributed on behalf of the Garden City Police Department.
GC POLICE PROBE SCMPD FATAL ACCIDENT
SAVANNAH, GA (January 23, 2012): Garden City Police are investigating the death of a 53-year-old bicyclist who was killed when he was struck by a Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police van Sunday night.
Dan Grantham, who listed his address as a post office box at Union Mission, was declared dead at the scene of the 8:30 p.m. accident just north of the Dean Forest Road intersection on Ga. Highway 17.
Cpl. Kyle Malin of the Garden City Police said the van was being driven north in the inside lane by Star Cpl. Joseph Bejnarowicz, 41, when it struck Grantham who was crossing US 17 in a darkened area. The van stopped immediately. The van was not responding to a call at the time of the accident.
An autopsy is being conducted by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab and toxicology tests for both the victim and the driver have been taken. Such tests can take several months because of a backup in caseloads by the crime lab.The van has been impounded as part of the investigation.
Malin said the bicycle had no lights or reflectors and Grantham was wearing a dark orange coat that was not reflective.
Garden City Police are continuing to investigate the accident.
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