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One dead after wreck on Belfast River Road
Update: Victim identified
Georgia State Patrol

Update: The victim in Wednesday's motorcycle wreck has been identified as Patrick Welch, according to  Bryan County Coroner Bill  Cox. 

Welch was a teacher and wrestling and lacrosse coach at Richmond Hill Middle School. 

According to Georgia State Patrol Specialized Collision Reconstruction Team (SCRT) Trooper, Keith Kerrick, Welch was traveling northbound on Belfast River Road on a motorcycle when he collided with a Chevy Trailblazer while trying to make a left turn onto Watergrass Way shortly before 4 p.m.

Welch was taken to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.  

It is unknown if the driver of the Trailblazer was injured. 

A message reportedly sent from the school to parents told them the RHMS "community is saddened to share the news of the passing of one of our teachers," then goes on to note "we share this news tonight so that you, as parents, may discuss this tragic news with your child."

The message said the Bryan County support team would be on campus Thursday and 'Counselors, workers and other support staff (will) be at (RHMS) to help students and staff tomorrow.)

The message also said RHMS will operate normal school hours, but absences will be excused. It also said funeral arrangements were not known. 

"We ask that you keep his family, students, athletes and RHMS family in your thoughts," it said. 

According to Kerrick the accident remains under investigation and it is to early to determine if charges will be filed.  

Belfast River Road was closed in both directions for several hours while GSP investigated the scene.

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