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Newton County man dies in motorcycle crash

COVINGTON -- A 24-year-old Newton County man was killed Thursday afternoon in a motorcycle crash, according to the Georgia State Patrol.

GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said Richard Arthur Swift died following the crash which occurred around 12:50 p.m. on Smith Store Road.

"A 2003 Suzuki was traveling south when the motorcycle topped a hill crest and the operator lost control," Wright said. "The vehicle left the roadway, ejecting the operator and came to rest in a wooded area."

Wright said Swift was taken to Newton General Hospital and then airlifted to Atlanta Medical Center where he died later in the afternoon.