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Submitted by Sylacauga Police Department
The Sylacauga Police Department is deeply saddened to report a tragic fatality wreck involving a motorcycle that occurred at the intersection of Old Birmingham Highway and James Payton Boulevard on July 24.
According to the preliminary investigation, the incident took place at approximately 12:40 p.m. when a motorcycle, a 2021 Harley Davidson Ultra Limited (Vivid), operated by Michael Lynn Rice, 49, of Sylacauga, collided with a 2006 Ford F150 at the intersection.
Despite immediate medical assistance provided by first responders at the scene, Rice was transported to UAB via LifeSaver and succumbed to his injuries on July 25 at 2:30 p.m. The driver of the Ford F150 remained at the scene and is cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation.
Our thoughts and heartfelt condolences go out to the family and friends of Rice during this incredibly difficult time. Losing a loved one in such a sudden and tragic manner is truly devastating, and our community mourns together with those affected by this incident.
In the wake of this unfortunate event, we would like to remind all motorists, including motorcyclists and drivers of other vehicles, to exercise caution, obey traffic rules and remain vigilant on the roads. Each individual’s commitment to road safety is crucial in preventing such tragedies from occurring.
We also want to extend our appreciation to the members of the public who provided assistance and cooperation during the initial response to the accident. Your support and understanding are invaluable during these challenging times.
We will continue to provide updates on the investigation as new information becomes available. For the latest news and developments, please follow the Sylacauga Police Department’s social media channels.
In conclusion, the Sylacauga Police Department extends its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of the deceased.