By Jason A. Smith
A funeral service will be held Thursday for a man who died over the weekend after reportedly leading state authorities on a lengthy, high-speed chase that ended in a crash.
John Frederick Freeman, Jr., 44, of McDonough, died Sunday. The collision that led to Freeman's death took place at approximately 9:15 p.m., according Georgia State Patrol Lt. Paul Cosper.
"Troopers were on Interstate 75 conducting concentrated patrols," said Cosper. "They observed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed. They tried to initiate a traffic stop, but [Freeman] fled."
According to the lieutenant, the cyclist drove through downtown Atlanta, and onto Interstate 85. "Old National Highway and I-85 is where he went over the wall," said Cosper. "The motorcycle stayed in the southbound lanes."
Freeman was struck and killed by a Ford Expedition, which was traveling northbound on the highway, Cosper continued. No other injuries were reported as a result of the crash, police said.
Cosper said the GSP's Special Collision Reconstruction Team is investigating the incident, and added that he does not expect any charges to be filed against the driver of the Expedition.
According to his obituary, Freeman had been employed by the Ford Motor Company for 19 years, and was a member of the Church In The Now in Conyers. Survivors include his wife, Stephanie Freeman, of McDonough; daughters, Madison Freeman, of McDonough and Rachel Freeman, of Aliquippa, Pa.; mother, Carol Freeman, of Atlanta; father and step-mother, John and Alice Freeman, of Aliquippa; sisters, Rebecca Freeman, of Aliquippa, and Rachel Freeman, of Wilmington, N.C.; and brother, Daniel Freeman, of Los Angeles, Calif.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m., in the chapel of Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough.
-- See obituary on page 3.