Canton man, 23, dies in motorcycle wreck
by Michelle Babcock
April 02, 2014 04:00 AM | 10362 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Michael Neil Young
Michael Neil Young
CANTON — A young Canton man died Sunday on his way home to see his family, after police say he wrecked his motorcycle off Highway 20 at about 5:30 p.m.

Michael Neil Young, 23, of Canton, was driving eastbound on Highway 20 near Weeks Road in Canton when his motorcycle left the road, said Gordy Wright of the Georgia State Patrol.

Young’s motorcycle hit a tree and then a building, Wright said, and he died Sunday after being transported to Northside Hospital-Cherokee.

Sara Payne, who has lived in Woodstock since 1999 and was in the process of moving to Chattanooga, was one of the first people on the scene after Young’s wreck, she said.

“I was passing by right after it happened, heading towards the interstate, and saw the woman who lived in the house (nearby) running towards him,” Payne said. “There was a man and his wife already on scene, and they had called 911.”

Payne said she and the others followed directions from the 911 operator.

“I began CPR while they continued to find a pulse,” she said. “I did CPR until EMTs arrived and took over.”

Payne said she was in shock from the experience, and “everything was a blur.”

For Young’s family, Tuesday was a day of remembrance.

Young’s sister, Ashley Young, said her brother was a truly kind person who loved deep sea fishing, hunting, visiting the beach and especially riding motorcycles.

“Michael always opened his arms up to people, no matter what their background was or where they came from, or even if they hurt his feelings. He was very big on forgiveness and he was very big on love,” she said. “He loved his little brother, David Richard, most of all.”

Young’s sister said her brother, a Cherokee High School graduate, worked for Harley Davidson and had wanted to be a forest ranger, attending school for forestry at Chattahoochee Technical College for a period of time.

Young said her brother was on his way home to see family when he wrecked.

“One of the last things he said on social media was how fantastic his mother was and how she really inspired him and encouraged him, and he was making a huge life change,” she said. “We’re not really sure what that was.”

Young said her brother’s smile was amazing.

“When he smiled at you, you knew he loved you,” she said. “He was very laid back and carefree.”

A funeral is scheduled for Young today at 2 p.m. at Darby Funeral Home in Canton, with the Revs. Jim McRae and Steve Klaesius and Dr. C.R. Hill officiating.

The obituary for Young said he was a wonderful brother and son to parents Cheryl and David Young, sister, Ashley Young, and brother, David Richard.

“His continuous courage gave an unparalleled strength to those around him, encouraging them to reach beyond their own limitations,” the obituary read.

Wright said alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the wreck, and the cause of the wreck is still under investigation.

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