DAPHNE, Ala. (WKRG) — The crumpled Harley Davidson lay in the median of I-10 for hours after investigators say it was rear-ended by a Nissan Titan pick-up driven by 24-year-old Prentiss Reese of Mobile.
“The impact caused him to leave the roadway and it flipped several times ultimately resulting in his death,” says Sgt. Jason Vannoy with Daphne Police.
The motorcyclist identified as 70-year-old Phillip Aldread. Ironically, an active member of the Motorcycle Awareness Campaign, a national group promoting motorcycle safety. “He was a very beloved man in his hometown and a lot of the town was in an uproar over this situation,” says Vannoy.
“My heart is broken for this man and his family.” Moments before the crash Pam Zaborny saw not only the motorcycle but also the Titan on the Bayway. “The motorcycle passed us and then a little bit later this lady in a dark Titan started weaving in and out. I don’t know how far back she was but she almost hit us and got into our lane.”
“We did receive a call from another motorist that said the Nissan Titan had run them off the road that indicated she was having trouble driving,” says Vannoy. “I told my husband she is going to cause an accident,” added Zaborny.
Police say she did while driving under the influence of prescription drugs. “She indicated she was heading to Mississippi from her residence in Mobile. It was brought to her attention that she was actually going East and headed to Pensacola.”
Aldread’s wife was in an RV ahead of him and saw the wreck.
Reese is charged with manslaughter, DUI and giving false information to law enforcement.