An Alabama truck driver has been charged with negligent homicide after an accident on Monday, July 9, left motorcycle rider Ryan Carter, 38, dead.
The crash happened on Florida Boulevard near N. Eugene. Carter passed the truck, driven by 61-year-old Howard Lyons, on his Jett Sport motorcycle. The truck then drove forward and hit the motorcycle in the rear repeatedly. A police officer who witnessed the accident while working another crash yelled for Lyons to pull over, but he accelerated and hit the motorcycle again.
“As the motorcycle passed the officers, the victim was observed yelling at the driver of the 18-wheeler,” states the report. “The 18-wheeler was then observed to strike the motorcycle in the rear several times. One of the witness officers yelled for them to pull over to the side of the road, but the 18-wheeler accelerated and struck the motorcycle in the rear again. This time, the victim was thrown from the motorcycle and was run over by every tire on the passenger side of the truck. The victim was immediately killed and pronounced dead at the scene.”
Lyons later told officers he simply felt a bump as if he’d “hit a pothole,” followed by another bump, then looked in the mirror to see the victim lying in the street.
“The defendant further stated that he has driven trucks for over 40 years and has an exceptional amount of experience being an operator,” states the report. “When asked about striking the motorcycle several times prior to running the victim over, he stated that he did not see the motorcycle at any time, thought he hit a pot hole and accelerated to keep up with traffic.”
Police say video of the accident was captured on video and matches witness statements. Lyons was arrested on the scene and charged with negligent homicide.
Friends and family have set up a fundraiser to help with Carter’s funeral expenses. If you’d like to donate, click here.
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