Family blames hill after deadly motorcycle crash

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CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga.,None - The family of man killed in a head-on collision believes it wasn't just alcohol that played a role in his death. Relatives of 24-year-old Frank J. Cassidy told Channel 2's Tom Jones they believe a road hazard may have also played a role. Cassidy's family is now calling on city officials to do something to slow drivers down.

Morrow police say Cassidy died after 34-year-old Marvlyn Martin crashed his white Honda Accord into Cassidy, who was riding on a motorcycle. Court documents indicate Martin's blood alcohol content level was .192, more than double the legal limit.

Cassidy's family believes alcohol was the major factor in their son's death. "You don't drink and drive. I mean it kills people," Maria Cruz, Cassidy's mother, said. They also believe a hill leading into their subdivision might have played a role.

Police say Cassidy was on the way home from work about 4 a.m. Saturday. He turned into his subdivision on Burbank Trail and drove down the hill leading to his street.

Officers say Martin was headed up the hill, in the wrong lane and that's when he slammed into Cassidy.

"Out of nowhere this car came speeding drunk," Cruz said.

Cassidy's family told Jones drivers often speed up the hill to get momentum and that sometimes takes them into oncoming traffic. Another neighbor told Jones two people crashed into his yard while trying to climb the same hill. They think speed bumps could solve the problem.

"Even if it's in my son's name, we should have speed bumps in this area," Cruz said.

"A lot of children play out here. And a lot of times you see these cars speed up. There's no reason for it," Franky's stepfather, Felix Cruz, said. "Frankie was full of life. He loved life."

Martin is being held without bond, and court records show this is his second arrest for drunken driving.