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July 26, 2010 Jonathan Chandler, 45, of Elkmont, AL, was killed when a minivan struck his motorcycle from the rear while he was stopped at a traffic light in Birmingham. The accident happened at 7:10 a.m., and Jonathan was pronounced dead at the scene as reported by the Jefferson County Coroner’s office. The accident occurred at the intersection of Hwy. 280 and Cahaba River Road. Jonathan was retired from the U.S. Army. William Pulliam, 24, of Kentucky was reportedly drunk at the time of the accident, and was charged with vehicular homicide. Survivors include his wife, Theresa, and daughter, Megan.

Jonathan Brian Schenck, 31, of Theodore, was killed July 13, 2011 near Theodore, AL, and was pronounced dead at the scene about 4:10 a.m. Trooper Greg Eubanks said Schenck was killed when the 2003 motorcycle he was riding left the roadway and overturned. One account said the motorcycle was a Honda, another said it was a Harley.

John C. Roscoe, 28, of Grand Bay, AL, was killed when his 2005 Yamaha motorcycle collided head-on with a pick-up truck Nov. 21, 2011. The accident happened near Bayou La Batre. Roscoe was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash which happened shortly after 6:00 p.m. at an intersection. Troopers said Roscoe was wearing a helmet, and at the time of the reporting alcohol was not known to be a factor in the causes of the wreck. Close survivors included his mother, step-father, brother, two step sisters, four daughters, and one, then unborn, child. Trevor Scott Phillips

Officer Trevor Scott Phillips, 42, was killed while escorting a funeral in Tuscaloosa, AL. As Officer Phillips approached the funeral procession, one of the vehicles in the procession, pulled out, made a U-turn in an attempt to travel in the opposite direction and in doing so pulled into the path of Officer Phillips. May 21, 2011. He left behind his sisters, Summer Lee Francisco, Shelly Lee Phillips, a brother Michael Phillips, and mother, Sharron Lee Phillips. He was born and raised in Los Angeles and moved to Tuscaloosa in 1994, joining the police department in Oct. 2000.



On Nov. 4, 2011 Major Robert Matthew “Butch” “Bob” Walker was killed by an errant driver while riding during his morning commute to work. Bob was born May 15, 1938, and killed in Huntsville, AL. His faith was an important part of his life and that of his family. He joined the U.S. Marine Corps as a young man and was once interviewed on live television by U.S. Army General, William Westmoreland. He began his career in the USMC in electronics and missilery, after which he was sent to Vietnam as a platoon leader and served two tours. Bob and his wife, veteran Marine, Marlou Nelson Walker, raised six children. Bob continued his professional work and when the children left the nest he and Marlou discovered the joys of riding. They traveled on their Harley meeting new friends along the way and, “providing Christian witness along the way”. His plan was to retire completely, slowly weaning himself from his professional work, however, those plans were never fulfilled after he was killed while riding his motorcycle to work in November 2011. His survivors included his wife, six children, twenty-five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two sisters to mourn his untimely passing. From the Huntsville Times: Robert Walker, 73, of Ardmore, TN, was struck by a truck on Hwy. 53 between Douglas Rd. and Kelly Springs Rd. about 6 a.m. on Nov. 4, 2011. Jason Christopher Gentle, 43, was arrested for a separate incident and booked into the Huntsville-Madison Co. Jail. The truck swerved into the southbound lane and struck Walker who was taken to the hospital where he died. Newspaper accounts state that the driver of the truck, Jason Gentle, was arrested on charges of DUI and possession of a controlled substance.

Jeremy Brian Newland, 35, was killed in a wreck that occurred at 12:45 p.m. just west of Hayden on Alabama 160 when the ’01 Honda motorcycle collided with an automobile driven by a Gardendale woman Oct. 29, 2011. Mr. Newland left a widow, Sonya Newland, and a five year old son, Bryson Newland.

Anthony Ray Dobb Young, 43, of Pleasant Grove was killed Sept. 27, 2011 in Birmingham at about 9:17 p.m. The victim was traveling westbound on Brighton Road when an eastbound van turned left in front of him onto Avenue O. The two vehicles collided and Young was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Mr. Young left a widow, Tracey Young, and two sons, Anthony and Aaron Young.



John Taylor Walker, 34, of Empire was killed in Jefferson County July 31, 2011, at 11 p.m. The crash occurred near Graysville. Walker was traveling on a section of roadway which was closed and marked with orange and white barrels when his motorcycle struck an I-beam imbedded in the roadway to block entrance onto a bridge across a creek. The motorcycle then struck a concrete rail and Walker was thrown from the motorcycle. He was co-owner of Eagle Vision Cycles. He left a widow, Brandy Walker, and six children and step-children.

Curtis Chase, 57, of Moulton, AL was killed while riding with his daughter, Harley Chase, 14, on AL Hwy. 24 near Decatur, AL. Chase was flown to Huntsville Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Harley Chase received injuries and was pronounced in good condition in Huntsville Hospital. The motorcycle struck an automobile. At the time the incident was reported to local newspapers the accident was under investigation.

Alabama National Guardsman, Damien Derrell Hudson, 31, was killed on Hwy. 84 in Clarke Co. Damien was a staff sergeant and had completed two tours in Iraq. He was returning home from the VA Clinic when he lost control of the motorcycle and left the roadway. He was found dead at the scene. June 11, 2011. Damien left a widow, Nickie Hudson, a son, Adadrian Hudson, and a daughter, Akirra Hudson





Jimmie D. Whitaker, 49, of Trussville, AL was killed about 8:00 p.m. on August 17, 2011 when the motorcycle he was riding ran off the shoulder of the road and into a ditch, throwing Whitaker from the motorcycle. Whitaker died at the crash scene. At the time the incident was reported, the crash remained under investigation, but witnesses reportedly told Birmingham PD that just prior to the crash Whitaker was driving alongside another motorcycle at excessive speed.

Anthony Alan Windham, 27, a U.S. Marine, was killed in a motorcycle accident in Mobile, AL May 15, 2011. Police said his motorcycle struck a curb, there were no other vehicles involved. He was born and raised in Texas and had been assigned to the third force Recon unit in Mobile, AL. Windham was an eight year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and had served one tour in Iraq. He was a marksmanship instructor while stationed at Camp Lejeune. He left a widow, Tracey Windham, a son, Caleb Ryan Windham, and three step-children, Abigail, Theodore, and Jerzie, all of Mobile.



Brandon Chase Springer, 25, of Lexington, AL was killed Feb. 18, 2011 when his Suzuki motorcycle crossed into on-coming traffic and collided head-on with another vehicle on AL 207 near Anderson, AL. The driver of the 2004 Ford Taurus involved in the accident was 81 year old Ella Hamner of Rogersville, AL. At the time the incident was reported, the accident was under investigation. Springer died at the scene. Brandon played high school sports and enjoyed fishing in local bass tournaments. The newspaper reporting the accident stated that Brandon was an inexperienced rider. Brandon left a widow, Megan Springer, and a daughter, Reanna, stepfather and numerous extended family.

Kevin Blake Kelly, 25, died at Southeast Alabama Medical Ctr. Sept. 14, 2011 from injuries sustained when two vehicles collided with the motorcycle he was riding. A Mitsubishi Galant pulled onto the road from a private driveway into the path of the motorcycle driven by Kevin. The motorcycle struck the car about 7:30 p.m. and Kevin was thrown from the motorcycle landing on the roadway. Kevin was then hit by an on-coming Expedition as he lay on the roadway. He died at a nearby hospital. The driver of the Mitsubishi was identified as 21 year old Ladarius Ward who fled the scene but was later arrested and charged with Leaving the Scene of an Accident With Injuries. Kevin was a student at Wallace College with high honors. Dothan PD stated Kevin was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Survivors include his parents, grandparents, and numerous extended family members.

Timothy Dewayne Bryant, 42, of Bessemer, AL was killed Nov. 4, 2011 when his motorcycle collided with a Ford F150 on I-59 in Fairfield, AL. Midfield police Chief Frank Belcher told reporters an officer was on patrol when he noticed the motorcyclist driving recklessly on Rutledge Dr. Officers reported he was speeding, doing approximately 60 to 70 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer followed Bryant and saw him nearly cause an accident as he sped through blinking warning lights. The officer tried to slow the motorcycle, but Bryant made a U-turn in the southbound lane and headed northbound against traffic. He collided with a pick-up truck and the motorcycle caught fire. Bryant was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the truck was injured and taken to UAB. Timothy left behind a daughter, Kristingna Roberson, sons Timothy D. Bryant, Jr., and Austin Strother.

Seven year old Austin Robertson was killed March 21, 2011 when the dirt bike he was riding collided with a bike ridden by another child. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. The other child was taken to Cullman Regl. Medical Ctr. And later transferred to Children’s Hospital. Both children were reported to be wearing full safety gear. Austin left behind his parents, James and Angela Robertson, and a brother, D. J. Robertson.



Keith Allen Karns, 34, of Mobile, AL was killed when his Harley left the roadway and struck a pole on July 5, 2011. He was transported by Life Flight to the USA Medical Ctr. in Mobile where he was later pronounced dead. The accident occurred just south of Daphne, AL. Keith left behind a widow, Cindy Karns, three children, Skyler and Damien Karns and Lindzey Farrell.



On August 16, 2011 construction worker, Travis Scroggins, 39, of Toney was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident on Fort Hampton Road north of Athens, AL. His 1997 Kawasaki motorcycle left the roadway and struck a fence about 9 p.m. Travis left behind a widow, Sandy Scroggins of Toney, daughter, Kaitlyn Scroggins, mother, brothers, and numerous extended family members. According to newspaper accounts, the accident occurred on Monday night and was not discovered and reported until Tuesday morning and it was thought he was killed instantly, sustaining multiple blunt-force traumas. He was wearing a helmet.

On March 14, 2011 Chester H. Eldridge, 54, of Grand Bay, AL was killed on Dawes Rd. about 2 ½ miles west of Mobile. Trooper Greg Eubanks said Eldridge stopped behind a pickup truck and a car while the driver of the car, Bridget Dudek, 37, was waiting to make a left turn. A southbound pickup driven by an 18 year old hit Eldridge’s motorcycle from behind pinning Eldridge under the pickup. The pickup also hit Dudek’s car. The pregnant Dudek was treated and released from the University of South Alabama Medical Ctr. Eldridge died at Providence Hospital. He left behind a widow, Lynn Eldridge; daughters Niki Hanson, Carrie Eldridge, and Maranda Lambert; sons James Lambert and David Eldridge, two grandchildren, and numerous extended family members.

Larry Shepard, 76, an avid rider and Motorcycle forum moderator, died November 16, 2011 after a crash which occurred on Oct. 8, 2011 when a vehicle pulled out into the path of his motorcycle and he was unable to avoid hitting it.

Jesse Paul, 40, of Midfield, was killed Oct. 30, 2011 when a vehicle pulled out in front of him and the motorcycle he was driving collided with it. Paul struck the side of the vehicle and was thrown from the motorcycle. The accident occurred about 9:50 p.m. He was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. He was taken to UAB where he died.

Leo Warren Pinzone, 50, of Elberta, AL, died in Pensacola after a crash some 8 miles north of Foley Sept. 3, 2011 when he apparently lost control and was thrown from the motorcycle he was driving. An un-identified female passenger was injured and taken for treatment. He is survived by his mother, father, brother, and numerous extended family members and friends.

Ryan Spencer Roberts, 24, of Roanoke in East Alabama was killed in a single-vehicle (2009 Yamaha) crash in Roanoke, Randolph County, on April 12, 2011. Ryan was a member of Trinity Baptist Church and was enrolled in EMT Training at Southern Union State Community College. He was born in Metairie, Louisiana, and laid to rest on April 15, 2011. He left behind his mother, Sherry Roberts, father Bob Roberts, one brother, two sisters, and two step-sisters. Ryan was an organ donor.




Melvin DeWayne Lee, 38, of Peterman, Russell County, AL, died Sep. 3, 2011 when his motorcycle collided with a car on U.S. 80, about 12 miles west of Phenix City, AL. The accident occurred about 5:30 p.m., and he died from blunt-force trauma at 10:45 p.m. at the medical center in Columbus, GA. Officers said he was traveling north on Herring Road, went through a stop sign at U.S. 80, and collided with the automobile.

Franklin Andrew Smith, 53, of Marianna, FL was killed when he lost control of the motorcycle he was driving in southeast Alabama, (Houston County near Madrid), at about 1:30 p.m. on July 3, 2011. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Houston county coroner, Robert Byrd told officers that Smith was riding his Harley with a group of riders and got separated from them. Byrd was under the impression that the accident occurred when Smith tried to pass a car in order to catch up to the other riders. Smith was employed at Marianna Toyota, was a member of the Army National Guard, a veteran of the Gulf War, and a member of Fire & Iron Motorcycle Club in Jackson County. He is survived by a son, a daughter, two grandsons, a granddaughter, and numerous extended family members and friends.

Former Marine and Bessemer Firefighter, Phillip Poole, 45, of McCalla, died on August 13, 2011, one week after suffering a traumatic brain injury in a motorcycle crash. Poole, who served in Desert Storm, was riding cross-country with friends from his days in the U.S. Marine Corps when his bike went down in Fairfax, VA. He left a widow, Larissa Poole, parents, sister, and brother. He had been with the Bessemer Fire Dept. for 12 years.



Shannon Wayne Wingo, 33, of Warrior, was killed about noon in Birmingham in the 3000 block of Sixth Ave., South on Oct. 7th, 2011 when his motorcycle collided with a Toyota Camry. lane. Witnesses said the car was making a U-turn and entered the path of the motorcycle, Wingo collided head-on with the front of the car. Jefferson County Deputy Coroner, Phillip Russell, said Wingo struck the front end of the car and was thrown about 40 feet from his motorcycle. He was taken to UAB where he was later pronounced dead. He is survived by his wife, Carrie, and two children, Tyler and Anthony, a sister, grandparents, and numerous extended family members.

Jackie Lavern Hughes, 46, was killed Nov. 9, 2011 when the motorcycle he was driving collided with a Houston County school bus. The Dothan Eagle said a statement issued by Alabama State Trooper, Kevin Cook, placed Hughes traveling west on U. S. 84 when a school bus failed to yield the right of way and pulled into the motorcycle’s path. Nine people, including seven students, who were passengers on the bus were treated at the scene of the crash for non-life threatening injuries. Houston County Coroner, Robert Byrd, pronounced Mr. Hughes dead at about 8:30 a.m. at the scene of the crash. The victim had children who attended school in Houston County.

Daniel Reynolds, 17, resident of Northwest Georgia was killed at about 2:15 p.m. in Rainsville, AL when he lost control of his motorcycle and slid on the front wheel into a wall while qualifying for a race in a Tri-State Arenacross event. DeKalb County Coroner, Tom Wilson, pronounced him dead at the scene. Police Chief, Charles Centers, told reporters witnesses said Reynolds came down from a jump and the rear wheel of the motorcycle hit him in the back and threw him into the wall. His father said he’d refused to buy the bike for his son who then saved money from summer jobs and bought it himself. He told reporters Daniel loved racing and was doing so with their blessing.



Nine year old Dusty Dewayne Reed, Jr. of McIntosh, AL, died on Aug. 4, 2011, after the motorcycle he was riding collided with an 18-wheeler on Aug. 3, 2011. The accident occurred about 12:55 p.m. Newspaper accounts said Dusty left a private drive about a half mile west of McIntosh and his 2005 Honda entered the path of the on-coming 1996 Freightliner tractor-trailer. The driver of the truck was not injured. Survivors include his parents, Dusty Reed Sr. and Alexis Reed, grandparents, great grandparents, 3 sisters, 2 brothers, and numerous extended family members. (News accounts state his age was 10, the obit. states it was 9)


Jacob Lee Sadler, 28, of Montgomery, AL was killed in Elmore County in a one-vehicle crash about 5:50 p.m. on May 29, 2011. The crash occurred on Co. Rd. 138 about 15 miles south of Alexander City. His funeral was held at St. Bede’s Catholic Church. Survivors include his mother, father, brother, and he left a girlfriend and numerous extended family members. Jacob was transported to Russell Medical Center where he later died. He was wearing a helmet.




Michael Anthony Taylor, 25, was killed Sept. 25, 2011 in a one-vehicle crash in Blount County. He was riding a Yamaha YZF-R6. The accident occurred about 2 p.m., and Taylor was pronounced dead at the scene. He was a leasing agent at the Cahaba Lake Apartments. Survivors include his parents, sister, brother, grandparents and numerous extended family members.

William Wayne Plunkett, 64, was born in Red Bay, AL, and lived in Savannah, TN for 32 years. He died 30, 2011 in a motorcycle accident on Alabama Hwy. 20 about three miles from the Tennessee state line. He was on his way to visit friends in the Shoals when the accident occurred. Other riders with him told his daughter he looked back over his shoulder to see where other riders were and his 2004 Yamaha motorcycle left the roadway and struck a tree. He was wearing a helmet. He was a farmer and retired from his business, Savannah Body Shop, to care for his wife who died earlier in 2011, but had recently returned to work at the body shop. He was a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church, F&AM Masonic Lodge of Savannah, NRA, and other groups. Survivors include his parents, 3 daughters, 2 sons, 8 grandchildren and numerous extended family members.

Joshua White, 22, of Anderson, AL was killed Aug. 21, 2011 in a motorcycle crash on U.S. Hwy. 43 in Loretto, TN, about 3:30 a.m. Barry Luffman, chief of the Loretto Volunteer Fire Dept. said White apparently lost control of his motorcycle where the highway curved, and there was no other vehicle involved. Joshua’s father, Johnny White, is the assistant chief for the Anderson Volunteer Fire Dept. Joshua left a 19 month old daughter.

Elijah Clayton Tolbert, 17, of Dothan died after his motorcycle was struck by an oncoming car while exiting a parking lot about 8 p.m. on June 28, 2011. Elijah was born in Montgomery and grew up in South Alabama. He was a student at Dothan High school and had just finished his junior year. He worked at Carmike Theaters and was an active member of Ridecrest Baptist Church. His obituary states he found immeasurable joy in working on and riding his motorcycle, hunting, fishing, and playing music. Survivors include his parents, three sisters, a brother, grandparents and numerous extended family members. The Dothan PD reported a vehicle was traveling south on South Oates St. and in an attempt to turn into a parking lot entered the path of the oncoming motorcycle.


Steven Vance Miller, 22, of Mobile died April 10th, 2011 when the motorcycle he and a friend, James Allen Elliott, Jr., 30, were riding overturned on Lott Road 2 ½ miles north of Prichard, AL. The accident occurred about 11:15 p.m. and both men were pronounced dead at the scene. Survivors include his daughter, Emma, his father, Steven, brother, Jeremy, two sisters, Glenda and Crystal Stewart, and numerous extended family members.