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Young Driver Charged in Motorcycle Fatality

John Lester Padgett, of Jasper, Georgia, was killed on his motorcycle in Forsyth County after being struck head-on by an 18-year-old driver.

UPDATE: 5-22-12, 3 p.m. (Mr. Padgett's visitation and funeral)

A 50-year-old Forsyth County employee was killed in a head-on collision Monday afternoon in northwest Forsyth County while riding his motorcycle home from work.

Cpl. David Garrison of the  said John Lester Padgett, of Orchard Road in Jasper, Ga., was traveling on his 1984 Honda VF1100 on Old Federal Road around 3:49 p.m.

He was struck head-on by Kaley Ashton Quarles, 18, of Kesler Court in Cumming, who was driving a 2008 Mazda over a hill in a curve on the wrong side of the road.

Padgett was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Cpl. Garrison.

Quarles has been charged with vehicular homicide in the second degree and driving on the wrong side of the road. She was treated at the scene for superficial injuries and transported to the . She was later released on a $2,805 bond and is scheduled to appear in State Court on Aug. 3.

Capt. Tim House said more people will be out on the county roads with the approach of the long Memorial Day weekend and that all drivers, especially young drivers, need to be careful.

"They need to be very cognizant of their surroundings, they need to take their time," House said. "They need to be extra vigilant in looking at what's going on around them."

"There will be a lot more people on the lake this weekend, a lot of people coming into the county, the weather is going to be pretty, so we expect they'll be crowds on the lake and these kids are excited about their freedom, their driving, school's almost out – they just need to be very, very careful."

Padgett, a 21-year county employee, was the manager of Fleet Services.

The collision occurred just north of the intersection of Blanton Lane and Old Federal Road and remains under investigation.     

In an e-mail, the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office has released Mr. Padgett's funeral arrangements.

Visitation will take place at the following locations:

Wednesday, May 23 at Cagle Funeral Home located at 364 E. Church Street in Jasper, Ga. from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Thursday, May 24 at  located at 150 Sawnee Drive in Cumming from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Funeral will take place at the following location:

Friday, May 25 at Cagle Funeral Home Chapel located at 364 E. Church Street in Jasper, Ga. at 2 p.m.

jethro May 23, 2012 at 11:36 AM
Johnny was my blood cousin, but more like a brother to me. We golfed, hunted, and fished together most of my life. More than anything we laughed and joked whenever we were together. Even though I miss him so so much, I would love to talk to this young girl. I would tell her that forgiveness has to start with herself. She has the choice to have this break her life or use it to help others in the future. It is a tragic event, but nothing happens in this world by mistake. This young woman is in my prayers that God would help her through her pain.
valerie quarles May 23, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Jethro, this young lady is my daughter and I can't thank you enough for your words. We did not know your cousin but he will forever be a part of our life. This is not easy for either family and our hearts break for your family's loss and our own grief as well. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Again thank you for your kind words, the judgement that people are throwing at my baby girl is heartwrenching and I hope they never find themselves in a similar situation. God bless you and your family.
SOGTP May 23, 2012 at 03:22 PM
I'm sure this young lady will be sad the remainder of her long life. Imagine waking up every morning with this weighing on your soul. So sad for everyone. I truly hope this lovely young lady deals with this and takes the love and thoughts of everyone in this community as a sign of support. This tragic event could have been a plan to make something extremely special of this young lady.
Joe May 23, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Johnny was related to my wife but he also was a dear friend to me. We hunted together and sometimes worked on a vehicle together. He always found humor in everything he did and it was contagious. I will miss him badly, however there are two victims in this tragedy and Kayley I pray for you as well as the Padgett family. I pray that God will bless you with the power to use this unfortunate incident to help others and that you also can find the strength to forgive yourself and be a positive example to others. I for one have already forgiven you. Joseph
SOGTP May 23, 2012 at 09:25 PM
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Vicki Tucker May 24, 2012 at 11:43 AM
Beautiful, Bless you!
Vicki Tucker May 24, 2012 at 11:45 AM
Valerie- Richard and I are praying for ALL of you involved!!
rebecca hamby May 24, 2012 at 02:08 PM
we have been praying for your family, Nate and Valerie, from the moment we heard. such a sad tragic event for all involved.
Lori May 24, 2012 at 06:52 PM
As a family member, thank you, so much. The unkind, untrue accusations are causing such pain in a situation where the pain is nearly unbearable already.You words are kind and so true.
SOGTP May 24, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Lori - how many of us have looked down at the speedometer or gas gauge? If her phone was in the purse was doing nothing different than all of us. As a motorcycle rider I take extra precautions for safety. This must have happened just as Mr. Padgett was approaching otherwise he might have been able to lay the bike down. I believe Mr. Padgett would want this young lady to use this tragedy to make something special of herself. She needs to learn to live with it, get on with her life, and make a splash in the world that will make Mr. Padgett and Mr. Padgett's family and friends extremely proud of her.
Grey Lyons May 26, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I have been friends with Kaley's Grandfather since 1955 . You know nothing about what was the cause was . All Kaley's family is a good example of what makes me proud to be an American . What have you done for our country ? How are your kids shaping up . I feel ashamed she has to face what is an unjust and self serving court as well as state prosecutor that puts winning more important Justice .Who are getting people to plee bargin their rights away because real justice doesn't count anymore . Kill someone and see how it feels .
John Doe May 26, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Valerie, this is a very unfortunate incident for all involved. You would do yourself well if you did not read these posts. There will always be people that have cruel things to say. This was an accident not an intentional act of homocide. I feel very sorry for Mr. Padgett, his family and friends as well as your daughter and family.
Mike Busse May 27, 2012 at 10:47 AM
What ever happened to drivers ed in school? What happened to the LEADER program Dr Hogan sponsored, As a fellow rider PLEASE keep your eyes on the road and stay focused, Most motorcycle accidents are caused by other drivers not the bikers...RIP John
Susie Mullinax May 28, 2012 at 06:12 PM
I also left a comment on the Forsyth County News as well but my name is Susan and I was married to Johnny for 21 years and this has completely devastated his son and I. The punishment thank God is out of anyone's hands but the state's and the Judge so therefore we have no control over what is going to happen. However, I would love to see this turn out in a positive manner for all who are touched and involved by this accident. I don't know all the details as of yet, I realize that it is still being investigated but I do know some. Maybe she can be an advocate for those who ride motorcycles and raise awareness. Talk to young kids with little experience how to watch and be ever mindful of your surroundings. We all have to answer for the things we do, intentionally or not and it could have a positive response in the end.
SOGTP May 28, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Susie - You are a role model that all of us should emulate. I hope your son grows to be the same type of decent man as Johnny.
valerie quarles May 29, 2012 at 12:38 PM
Susan, you and your son have been on our hearts and in our prayers. We are both mothers with children whose lives have been forever changed by this tragedy. May God help us to be strong and find his way through all of this.
Susie Mullinax May 30, 2012 at 04:03 AM
Bill Evelyn and Valerie Quarles, I thank you for your comments. My son is having a terrible time with this as we all are. You are right, we are both mothers and the pain is unbearable when you can't take the pain away or make it one bit better. I wished that I could snap my fingers and all this would be a dream but unfortunately it is not. I wished you all could have known Johnny. Those who knew him knew his laughter could be heard miles away. He was always telling jokes to crack people up. He would tell something funny and then wait to see the reaction on your face as he hit the punchline. Eli is so much like his father in that way. He loves making people laugh. I pray that God heals us and guides me as a mother to do whatever it takes to ease my childs pain and be the example he needs. We need to cling to God for his guidance and comfort as he is the only one who can see us through.
One of many June 14, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Wow...I'm speechless. I'm sorry, but I can't seem to get past her happy little mug shot face. She has just killed a man...he died at the scene, and by looking at her smiling, posing and her proud expression you would think she just had the night of her life. Not the 1st glimmer of remorse showing in her eyes...in fact the opposite....wow! Yeah, I just can't imagine why people are "judging". I work at a convience store with her smiling face in front of me all day. As an fyi.... Every single person coming in that store seeing her expression is sickened.
SantaFe July 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM
That is clearly not a mug shot photo, so your conclusions and comments are totally without merit.
Liz Kennedy (Editor) July 18, 2012 at 03:22 AM
Greetings SantaFe, Yes - the feature photo is Kaley Ashton Quarles' mug shot. This photograph was provided to Cumming Patch by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. If you have any further questions regarding the photo - please address them to FCSO. Liz Kennedy, Editor
SantaFe July 18, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Wow...now I'm speechless as well!
valerie quarles July 21, 2012 at 02:41 PM
Wow, 2 months later and still comments being posted, seriously people, you have no idea the background of that photo, the fcso provoked that and shared it on purpose to make her look like an evil teenage kid with no remorse. Unless you have been through a traumatic event like this 18 year old child has, you have no idea how you would react. This child was in a complete state of shock and it was days before her mind allowed the reality of this accident to set in for her. You have no idea the long road ahead of her in dealing with this so all you perfect people out there keep your judgements to yourself. Maybe some of you should be her parents and have to see her tears and crying and hear her say " she wishes it had been her that died" yea, that's the harsh truth of how she really feels.
jessica 22 July 22, 2012 at 07:17 PM
i pray for both families may god bless all of yall im only 22 years old there is only 1 person who can judge any of us and that is our LORD people can say what they want but they were not there they dont know what she goes threw or how she feels people are horrible these days....this is something this girl will live with for the rest of her life i can only imagin what she is going threw i dont know her at all but i do know she is sooo young that she has her whole life ahead of her and to help the motorcycle awareness would be great god works in myserious ways to change people this could have happend to anyone not just her so people please dont judge. none of yall but her family knows what she is going threw so do the family a favor and stop leaving comments that are hurtful to this family when u know nothing...i pray for both familys god bless u all....
annonymous August 05, 2012 at 09:49 PM
at liz kennedy! why dont you post the other mug shot.?? the first one they took of her before they provoked her to smile. you are a horrible person for putting this on here. kaley is a victim as well, she struggles everyday. she forces the smile on her face. kaley is a bright, funny, outgoing, hardworking, loving and caring person. shes a daughter, a sister, a grand daughter, a cousin and a damn good friend. none of you know her so none of you can sit here and judge her. accidents happen amd sometimes a life is taken but that does not make her a bad person! it infuriates me how rude, and hurtful people are out there. she is going to live with this hurt and pain for the rest of her life. why do you find it necessary to sit here and continue to torture her with your words? grow up! this is not an easy situation for either family. why are you making it harder? please let her be.
Serenity Prayer August 10, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference." Your hateful words will be judged by God one day. Kaley, stay strong.
Liz Kennedy (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 05:20 PM
Annonymous, The photograph in this article of Kaley Ashton Quarles is the booking photo provided to the media, including Cumming Patch, by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office. If you have any further questions regarding the photo - please address them to FCSO. Liz Kennedy, Editor
Stephanie Mazzotta August 30, 2012 at 03:01 AM
I got cold chills reading through all of these messages. I work with Kaley and was with her moments before all of this happened. Kaley was a true example of a hard worker. I miss her everyday. She made work so much fun... May God Bless the victims family and her family. I still think about and pray for you guys everyday.
Heather Kidd November 26, 2012 at 06:47 PM
I know this is a little late but I was still in denial about my uncle Johnny passing. He was more like a dad, he taught me how to drive, fish and many other things and I miss him so much but I know that the girl is suffering just as much as my family is. I hope she can forgive herself and make it a reason to do something great in this world.
DEENA LEE April 08, 2013 at 04:23 PM
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE AUG 3 COURT DATE?
Central Kid November 11, 2013 at 06:41 PM
This amazing brave girl came into my class today and showed us the importance of driving safely she is an incredible woman for being strong enough to continue her life in a positive way and influence young teenagers in a positive way too. Prayers go out to her

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