“I was pulling out of Sonic and saw a guy on a motorbike dart through traffic and accelerate quickly,” said Chris Roden, of Cropwell. “He darted between two cars wide open.”
Tyler Funderburg, of Pell City, said he was at Sonic when he saw the man on the motorcycle speed by.
“He just hammered down,” Funderburg said. “He took off like a jet.”
Pell City Police Officer Jimmy Woodard identified the man as Jacob Trey Baker, 19, of Ashville.
Woodard said Baker was traveling southbound on U.S. 231 on a Kawasaki Ninja when he struck a Buick LeSabre driven by Edna Bean, 83, of Pell City.
“A witness said she (Bean) had a green turn arrow and was attempting to make a legal left turn onto Bruce Etheredge Parkway,” Woodard said. “Oncoming traffic was stopped and he (Baker) was weaving between vehicles as he entered the intersection.”
Woodard said St. Clair County Central Dispatch had received several calls regarding erratic driving by a man on a motorcycle shortly before the accident.
Officer Justin Cooper, who was first on the scene, said he was traveling northbound on U.S. 231 and had turned around but not yet initiated pursuit when he saw the wreck.
Woodard said Baker was far exceeding the legal speed limit at the time of the accident.
He said Baker was transported by LifeSaver helicopter to University Hospital in Birmingham and Bean was transported by ambulance to St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital.
Pell City Assistant Fire Chief Mike Burdette said Baker received significant injuries in the accident.
The accident is under investigation by the Pell City Police Department.
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