Loganville Cyclist Dies After Being Struck on Broadnax Mill Road

Police are still investigating the incident involving a 16-year-old driver.

Georgia State Patrol responded to a call at 6:07 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1 of an accident involving a 2001 Chevrolet S10 pickup and a bicyclist on Broadnax Mill Road just north of Youth Monroe.

Both parties were northbound on Broadnax Mill when the truck struck the bicycle in the rear, injuring Mark Jonathan Jidov, 56, of Loganville, police said. Jidov was transported to , where he was pronounced dead.

The name of the 16-year old minor driver of the truck has been withheld. GSP confirms that he held a valid driver's license and had been driving for a little less than 5 months.

Police are still investigating.

Brendan Blackmer November 04, 2011 at 02:44 AM
Mark was my uncle, and he left this world doing what he loved most. I didn't know until yesterday that God was preparing me for this day. Earlier this year, I sent Uncle Mark 4 index cards to sign for me, (I am an autograph person), I asked him to sign 3 of them, and the fourth he could inscribe what ever he wanted. He put two scriptures on the fourth. I can see that God is in conrol because of the scriptures that he inscribed on it, they are: Job 12:10 and 1 Chronicles 28:9-10. In Job 12:10 it says "In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind." This day didn't catch Uncle Mark by surprise, he had accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior and he was ready to go home at any time that God called him. God has given me peace through all of this, and I am comforted because I know that when God calls me home, Uncle Mark will be there waiting for me.
Bryce Norton November 04, 2011 at 08:15 AM
Of all the families out there, why was it this one's turn to have a brother, son, uncle yanked away? Nobody knows. It's no use trying to understand. We just sit motionless, stunned, perplexed. We feel the waves of sadness bleeding over on us, their friends. But the empty void will give way to a peace stronger than a brick wall. The final chapter on this family is already written, -it's a happy ending, You might say I have some inside information.
Sam Mosley November 04, 2011 at 04:39 PM
I have been riding on Broadnax for over 20 years, and know others who have too. I live .3 miles from the scene of the accident, and must ride Broadnax to get to and from my house for any ride I do. The law is clear, cyclists have the same right to use the road as motorists. Adding signage may help a little, but the fact is that people need to slow down. The speed limit is 55 on Broadax, but cars frequently do 65+. Why? Too big of a hurry. Cars also run the stop sign at Broanax and Youth Monroe frequently. I know, because I see it several times a week. Common sense and courtesy for others on the road, whether in cars, on tractors, or bicycles, isn't commonly used. It is unlawful to ride a bike on a sidewalk, so that is not an appropriate solution. Courtesy for others is. I am frequently passed by motorists within 100 feet of a stop sign, even though I'm signalling a left turn. Why do motorists have to pass a bicycle at all costs? Even if it puts them left of a double yellow line at an intersection? What will a motorist do with the 15 seconds they save by passing a cyclcist unsafely on a hill, in a curve, or at an intersection illegally? Nothing important, so why not wait back until it's safe as prescribed in the GA driver's license manual? Lack of courtesy is the only answer. So - pray for patience, and courtesy, and common sense to begin to be applied to these situations.
Sam Mosley November 04, 2011 at 04:52 PM
In fact, several teens were killed on Marce Camp because they came over the hill going way to fast a couple years ago. Again, speed, and lack of respect for others is a serious issue. Every operator of a vehicle must be responsible for their actions. Going to fast, crossing the center line, while topping this hill shows a lack of concern for others, or even themselves, as you never know what is just over the crest of the hill here or anywhere else where visibility is limited. So, should we not ride or even drive on Marce Camp because someone else may be inconsiderate? That is not a solution. Riding 6 or 7 across is also inconsiderate, but don't expect cyclists to mark this road as unridable due to a hill. Drivers should slow down and expect the unexpected at all times - it is part of any defensive driving course.
Patty Burgess November 04, 2011 at 05:40 PM
I certainly don't expect cyclists to avoid Marce Camp Road but I do expect them to use as much common sense as I do. If I'm going towards Atkinson Road and see a group of cyclists struggling up that hill (and they do often struggle!) I'll turn around and take another route. It isn't a question of short delay because once they manage to get up that hill they continue riding 6-7 abreast all the way to the stop sign and, invariably it seems, turn the same direction I need to go, still riding abreast. If you've ever been unfortunate enough to be in a line of cars on Broadnax Mill Road, driving at 10 miles an hour following a group of cyclists you can understand the frustration so many people have and the impatience they exhibit. Common sense and courtesy tells me that if I'm driving a any kind of vehicle that will not go anywhere near the speed limit, during the heaviest traffic times of the day I should find a safe place to pull over and let the traffic get past me. I've done exactly that, in fact. Defensive driving, common sense and consideration work both ways. Cyclists simply cannot take it for granted that they will be safe on curvy, hilly roads with 55MPH speed limits, They must be aware that they are making it more likely that someone will get frustrated or angry when they blithely assume that people are okay following them at 10MPH because they have a right to be on the roads too. At least ride single file so that cars can go around them when it is safe.
Gail Lane November 05, 2011 at 01:13 PM
I have been asked to post this for Mark's sister, Holly: This is Mark's sister, Holly. I have received such an abundance of sympathetic words it's almost overwhelming! Thank you! To meet Mark was to make a friend for life! I have had several of his friends contact me via Facebook (Holly Jidov Cheyne) and calling to share memories & funny stories about Mark. I've enjoyed hearing each and every one! I would love for those who had the privilege of having Mark touch their lives, whether it was for 1 day or a number of years, to write down some of their memories of him and send them to me. I know my family would appreciate hearing how he touched your lives! Also, there will be memorial held in Mark’s honor in lieu of a funeral. More information will be provided as plans are confirmed.
James Jidov November 06, 2011 at 02:51 AM
The person that was killed was "my brother". He has been my brother for 49 years. Doesn't matter if the driver was a christian or not. The 'least' lesson that should be learned from this is to PAY ATTENTION WHEN YOU ARE BEHIND THE WHEEL! I don't know the particulars of my brother's death but will learn them when the investagation is completed. When the wheels of your car are in motion and you are driving - NO texting and NO reaching for something if you have to take your eyes off the road for even a second! You may regret that split second for the rest of your life. ... continues on next post...
James Jidov November 06, 2011 at 02:51 AM
Now the BEAUTIFUL thing about this is that Mark is RIGHT NOW with God. That is not something to say just to help the survivors feel better as many people do. Have you heard this one, "He's in a better place now". Again, quite often it's just something to say to help the surviving family and friends. Where are "you" going when "you" die? Have you really thought about it? Ya see, Mark knew he was a sinner (every person since Adam was walking around is a sinner (Rom. 5:12). Mark knew there was NOTHING he could do within himself to make it to heaven (another myth some people hold onto.) In fact the Bible even says all the 'good' things people try to do to impress God are as "filthy rags" to God. NOBODY can work their way to heaven. If that WERE possible why did Christ die on the cross? (<< food for thought). God open Mark's eyes to his sins, Mark repented God saved him and sealed him for eternity. Praise God for his mercy. He who has ears to hear will hear...... those who don't ....won't. See you soon Mark! LOVE YOU MAN!
Holly Jidov Cheyne November 06, 2011 at 02:03 PM
"This day DIDN'T catch Uncle Mark by surprise..." Very beautifully said nephew of ours and completely accurate! This whole accdient didn't "just happen" it was perfectly designed by God to bring Him all the glory! The Bible talks about a a peace that passes understanding. I am experiencing that peace and I pray for that type of peace to help comfort the other family involved. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Sharon Swanepoel November 06, 2011 at 04:24 PM
To the Jidov family, our sincere condolences. By the memories shared, Mark's death must have been a great loss, but how heartened I'm sure he would be to know how much easier his tremendous faith has made it for his family left behind. Please allow us to share memorial arrangements when they are available. And to the family of the teen, our condolences too. This is a great burden for a young driver to carry.
Holly Jidov Cheyne November 06, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Thank you, Sharon. We will keep you informed. I, too, have been thinking about the driver. I do not want this accident to destroy his life. This accident was known to God far before it ever happened.
Lisa Daunhauer November 06, 2011 at 05:48 PM
Rob, you are so right. Mark was previously a runner. He ran every day until he injured his foot. He then turned to riding a bike. The same things happened to him when he would run. Being harrased by drivers. Mark lived a very health concious life. He liked to stay active. He wanted to be the best he could be at everything he did. He often quoted Nike's slogan... JUST DO IT. I will miss him so much. There is a hugh whole in my world now but I know that GOD will fill it for me. Mark convinced me of that!!!
Lisa Daunhauer November 06, 2011 at 05:57 PM
Thank you. As a matter of fact my daughter has already started working on this. I would love to speak with you personally.
Joe November 07, 2011 at 04:28 PM
I would not be riding a cycle on a narrow 2 lane road that has a posted speed limit of 55 mph. There is no berm on this road. I my self almost killed a cyclest sunday 10/31/2011 who was riding in the middle of the correct lane, but had no lights or reflectors. It is just by chance i caught the chrome in my headlights. I am torn, because i know to share the road, but when i ride i choose my roads carefully. there are plenty of trails in the area, i will stick to them.
Sandra L November 08, 2011 at 03:28 AM
God knows and sees all things---He forgives the worst things possible----He is there waiting for us to ask.--JUST ASK-- My prayers and heart goes out to both families. I am related to the driver of the truck -- this was a awful accident. It's wonderful to know both families were close to God--I know God will forgive and bless them-- I just hope the families can cope and forgive each other. Please don"t let this ruin and destroy more lives. GOD please bless all that was touched by this horrible tragedy.
GMP November 08, 2011 at 12:35 PM
First allow me to give my condolances to the family. I know the young driver and his family, if you would have met this young man before this accident you would be saying the same thing about him as you are saying about the cyclist, a good young man who cares about people. This is the way he was raised by his parents, So now we have to good men who have met in a horrible way , one has left this earth and the other is here to relive at terrible day. I have never witness this young man disrespect anyone or hurt someone. Neither one of them woke up that day thinking this would happen. I will name this gentlemen , Tom is wrong about this young man and shouldnt put him in a group. My thoughts and prayers go out the both families. As a retired Walton County Firefighter I have seen to many times where very bad things happen to good people. I would say to your readers , don't play the blame game allow public safety to do their job and don't second quess them. They are excellent at what they do. To the fire and police who showed excellent professionism that night . Y'all still make me proud to say I have worked with you. Think about this , tag numbers for all cyclists.
Penny Puckett November 08, 2011 at 11:10 PM
I knew Mark from the church that we all went to. He was a real nice guy and will be missed dearly. I would like to say to the families that I am very sorry for your lost, but I know God's hand is still able to hold you all up. God bless each and everyone of you. I feel that Mark is in a better place now, he is having a real good time with the Lord.
Holly Jidov Cheyne November 09, 2011 at 03:10 AM
For friends near Michigan: In memory of Mark Jonathan Jidov A Celebration of Life service has been planned: Saturday, November 12, 2011 at 1:00 pm Maranatha Baptist Church 5790 Flemings Lake Road Clarkston, Michigan 48348 Please feel free to jot down or share any memories about Mark. Light refreshments to follow. Direct any question to Holly (Jidov) Cheyne tcheyne4@gmail.com 248-860-0445
Holly Jidov Cheyne November 15, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Memorial Service for Mark Jidov Dec 4th at 2:30pm Victory Baptist Church 88 Brand Rd SE Loganville, Ga. 30052 Join us to celebrate Mark's home going by sharing of how Mark has touched your lives. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. If you think you will be attending, please e-mail leeseedaun@yahoo.com
Sharon Swanepoel November 15, 2011 at 02:55 PM
Thanks for putting this here too Holly. I have it set to feature this afternoon.
Holly Jidov Cheyne November 15, 2011 at 05:12 PM
CORRECTION!! The service is at 2:00 pm
Holly Jidov Cheyne November 15, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Thanks, Sharon! Note the time is 2pm NOT 2:30pm. Sorry.
Holly Jidov Cheyne December 01, 2011 at 03:50 PM
Just a reminder... Memorial Service for Mark Jidov Dec 4th at 2:00pm Victory Baptist Church 88 Brand Rd SE Loganville, Ga. 30052 Join us to celebrate Mark's home going by sharing of how Mark has touched your lives. Refreshments and fellowship to follow. If you think you will be attending, please e-mail leeseedaun@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing stories about Mark's life in Georgia!! Holly
doug October 04, 2012 at 03:29 PM
What could happen to any driver? They could be run down and killed? Oh wait, it was the cyclist that died after being plowed into by a kid that had a license for 5 months. Just so I'm clear, are you implying that the cyclist was at fault here?
doug October 04, 2012 at 03:32 PM
You are correct, the only way to avoid cyclists, or pedestrians, school buses or emergency vehicles is to wait until you have a clear path and drive around them, and it's legal to cross the center line to do so...again, assuming nobody is already in that lane and has the right of way.
doug October 04, 2012 at 03:33 PM
Unless it is an interstate highway where bikes and pedestrians are not allowed, then you should always assume that you're 'sharing the road', because all of us are.
doug October 04, 2012 at 06:21 PM
I feel sorry for your nephew, but at least he is still alive. Now he has to be accountable for his actions. And this best called a collision,not an accident. An accident suggests it was unavoidable which is obviously not the case.
Roger Long October 04, 2012 at 06:28 PM
ac·ci·dent    [ak-si-duhnt] Show IPA noun 1. an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usually results in harm, injury, damage, or loss; casualty; mishap: automobile accidents.
Bob October 05, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Hi Greg, I ride 100 to 300 miles per week and I have heard your argument about tags for bikes. You do realize this would become quite expensive for those families with 2, 3, 4 or more children. Not to mention the parents that would like to ride with them. Let's face it, all people break laws no matter if they are on a bike or motorcycle or in a vehicle. We all must obey the laws that are written. I do not like stopping while riding any more than I do when I'm in a car. However, I know what it's like to get BUZZED on my bike. It happened to me by a man that lives on the same street as Mark. I watched him turn on his street, went to his house and confronted him and he was very brave in his driveway. I like most people are in a hurry, but hopefully this will make people think the way Rob described above. Think about the circumstances for all people involved; that may slow you down. Think about the young man and what he has to go through now. Why did it happen? was it negligence? Was he buzzing Mark? Was he sleeping? Was he blind? Was he texting? We may never know, but if he is the upstanding young man others have claimed, he will come forward, be honest and not hide behind an attorney.
Alyssa Jidov December 11, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Man I love my uncle! What an amazing guy. A year later and it still feels like just yesterday I got that call. How heart-wrenching to think of what the scene looked like. Awful... I love you, Mark Jidov. Such a compassionate, real, happy man. You will always hold a big spot in my heart. You will NEVER EVER be forgotten. I love you, Markie. Ride on. Xoxoxoxoxo


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