Man killed while riding bike

Published 7:01 pm Tuesday, August 11, 2009

A Bainbridge man who had lived here since 2003 was killed Saturday afternoon after his bicycle collided with a trailer being towed on Scott Street, according to Bainbridge Public Safety.

According to an incident report, Thomas Edward Rozycki, 62, of 1103 E. Evans St., died from head injuries he received as he rode his bicycle east from Evans Street onto Scott Street, where it stuck a trailer being towed by a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Jason Barlow, an off-duty Public Safety officer who was headed south on Scott Street. Rozycki’s roommate, who owned the bike, said it did not have any brakes. The roommate’s aunt, who told police she had power of attorney for Rozycki, stated he was also blind in one eye.

Barlow told responding Officer Beau Harrell he saw the bicyclist and felt the bump on his trailer. Two witnesses said they also saw the cyclist strike the trailer.

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A field alcohol test given to Barlow—a standard procedure when a fatal accident happens—came back negative, and the officer volunteered to give a blood sample at Memorial Hospital, where blood was also taken from Rozycki.

An obituary for Mr. Rozycki can be found on page 7A.

Man accused of raping teenage girl

A 19-year-old Bainbridge man was arrested Saturday for having unlawful sexual contact with a juvenile girl who is in her teen years, according to BPS Investigator James Dollar.

Bruce Cornell Borden Jr., 19, of 631 Water St., Bainbridge, was arrested and booked into the Decatur County Jail on charges of child molestation, rape and kidnapping.

According to Investigator Dollar, BPS officers responded Saturday afternoon to an alleyway that leads from the Department of Labor office on South Scott Street to the Decatur County Library on South Monroe Street, where the incident allegedly took place.

An investigation is ongoing, Dollar said.

Deputies make meth bust

Last Friday night, Decatur County Sheriff’s deputies arrested 49-year-old Bobby Lee Gilstrap, of 114 Griffin-Newsome Road, and charged him with possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute and possession of a drug-related object.

The arrest resulted from an investigation conducted by Capt. Chip Nix of the Sheriff’s Office. According to a report, Nix stopped Gilstrap’s pickup truck on U.S. 27 North. During a search of Gilstrap’s truck given with his consent, Nix and Deputy Michael Cox found suspected crystal meth, or ice, inside several plastic sandwich bags and a clear, glass smoking device that contained what Nix believed to be meth residue.