Rider identified in deadly Foley crash

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UPDATE: UNEDITED PRESS RELEASE:

On Sunday September 15, 2019 at approximately 10:30 pm the Foley Police Department responded to the intersection of County Road 12 South and Emerille Drive for a Motor Vehicle Crash. When officers arrived on scene there was a motorcycle in the second story of a vacant residence. 

It does appear speed was a factor.  Preliminary investigation indicates a motorcycle was traveling at a high rate speed, while passing a vehicle the motorcycle clipped it. He then lost control of the motorcycle, went off the roadway, hit a culvert and went airborne.  The driver has been identified,  Michael J. Fields, 41 years of age, he was ejected and pronounced deceased on the scene. 

UPDATE 2:44 AM Thurston Bullock with Foley Police confirms this incident was a fatal motorcycle crash. Bullock says a car and motorcycle collided and the motorcyclist was killed.

The incident happened late Sunday night. Crews have been on the scene for hours at County Road 12 near the Foley Beach Express. Names have not been released and Bullock says they may have more information later Monday morning.

This becomes the third motorcycle fatality in our area this weekend. Friday night a man from Saraland on a motorcycle died in Mobile. Also Friday night a man from Laurel Hill on a motorcycle died when his vehicle collided with a pickup truck in Okaloosa County.

ORIGINAL STORY: FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG) — A WKRG News 5 viewer has sent us video of a very large police and first responder scene on County Road 12 South in Foley.

The viewer tells us that police have taped an area off and laid a white sheet in front of an SUV inside the perimeter of caution tape and there appears to be a dead person on the scene. The witness says they have been searching in the ditches and they have a ladder going up to the second floor of a nearby home. News 5 is contacting police for more information and we have a crew on the way. 

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