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Man shoots himself in the head after hitting car; Bicyclist injured in wreck

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Officers responding to the scene of a crashed vehicle had a strange and surprising encounter Sunday in Bibb County when the man they were there to help allegedly shot himself in the head.

Officers with the Medical Center of Central Georgia responded to 729 Pine St. after a wreck happened near the hospital, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said 26-year-old Jason Frankum, of Gray, was traveling west on Pine Street when he struck a parked vehicle.

The parked vehicle was unoccupied and located next to the parking deck of the medical center, the sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Linda Howard said.

“The officers made contact with Mr. Frankum in reference to the accident,” Howard said. “Frankum reached into his vehicle grabbed a handgun and shot himself in the head.”

He was transported to the emergency room of the hospital where he was listed in critical condition, Howard said.

It’s unclear what prompted the shooting and investigators have not said whether Frankum struck the parked vehicle intentionally. Still, deputies said the investigation is ongoing.

A 56-year-old bicyclist was injured early Sunday morning after he was struck by another vehicle while hauling a lawnmower in Bibb County.

The incident happened about 2 a.m. on Eisenhower Parkway near Second Street, according to the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office. Investigators said Larry Worthy, of Macon, was riding a bicycle and pulling a push lawnmower when he attempted to cross the northbound lanes Eisenhower Parkway from Second Street.

It was then that Worthy was struck by a 1997 Nissan Altima driven by 25-year-old Javorious Knight of Macon, the sheriff’s spokeswoman Deputy Linda Howard said. Worthy was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition. So far, no charges have been and Knight was not injured.

The incident is under investigation and detectives are asking that anyone with information about what happened to contact the Bibb Sheriff’s Office at (478) 751-7500.

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