Friends and residents remember Georgia mayor killed in motocross accident

WHITE. Ga. — Town officials in White, Georgia, said Mayor Perry Bell was killed Saturday in a motocross event.

Channel 2′s Justin Carter spoke with officials who are calling it a freak accident.

Channel 2 Action News learned Bell was at Lazy River Motocross competing in a motocross event Saturday morning, which he loved doing.

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“Everybody is hit hard from it,” Anthony Moss, a resident, said.

It’s a small community, and neighbors in White, Georgia, greatly admired their mayor.

Anthony Morris worked with him at city hall, and said he had just spoken to Bell on Friday.

“He’s always got a smile on his face. He left out and Saturday morning I got a call saying he went,” Moss said.

Bell fell during a stunt. When he got up, another rider was in the air and came down and crushed him.


“They brought a helicopter in... Flew him to a trauma center but he didn’t make it. He passed away,” Mayor Pro Tem Gary Crisp said.

Crisp knew Bell for several years.

Crisp said Bell was sworn in as mayor in June and was a longtime businessman in the area.

He loved the outdoors, playing his guitar and his community.

“He was just a caring person for the community and just wanted to help the people who lived here,” Crisp said.

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