NWGA Scanner | April 19th, 2021

Dalton man charged in connection with 2019 crash that killed motorcyclist in Whitfield County

A Dalton man has been sentenced to 12 months probation after pleading guilty to second-degree vehicular homicide and failure to stop at a stop sign, both misdemeanors, for a 2019 wreck that claimed the life of another Dalton man, according to District Attorney Bert Poston. Jeffrey Michael Streiff, 68, will also have to pay a $1,000 fine plus court costs, surcharges and probation fees, perform 20 hours of community service and complete a defensive driving course at his own expense as part of a plea deal, according to Poston. Poston said members of the family of the victim, Robert “Bobby” Bridges, 38, were present in the courtroom, and his widow read a victim impact statement. Poston said Streiff also spoke and apologized to the family and admitted his fault by failing to look both ways before attempting to cross Reed Road. Bridges, a father of four, was on his way to his second job around 10:41 a.m. on May 19, 2019, on a motorcycle on Reed Road when a car pulled in front of him. Bridges died at Erlanger hospital in Chattanooga. According to the crash report from the Georgia State Patrol, Bridges was riding a 2010 Honda Sabre south on Reed Road approaching the intersection with Poplar Springs Road when the motorcycle collided with a 2009 Nissan Versa driven by Streiff. The narrative from the report said the Versa “failed to yield … and attempted to cross Reed Road.” The motorcycle “struck” the front left side of the Versa with its front tire.