Tuscumbia man killed in Sheffield motorcycle crash

SHEFFIELD — Authorities said a Tuscumbia man was killed early Sunday evening when a motorcycle he was riding crashed into a Sports Utility Vehicle near Jack’s Restaurant in Sheffield.

Police said James Douglas Hodges, 56, Main Street, Tuscumbia, was killed in the crash.

Sheffield Police Chief Greg Ray said Hodges died at Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield.

The accident was reported to Colbert 911 at 5:03 p.m. at the intersection of Saywell Street and South Montgomery Avenue.

Police said Hodges was riding a Harley Davidson, which was traveling south on South Montgomery Avenue when he collided with a Ford Expedition that was attempting to cross Montgomery Avenue from Saywell Street.

The name of the driver of the SUV was not available but officials at the scene said he is a 34-year-old man from Sheffield.

Emergency personnel at the scene said the driver of the Expedition was not injured.

Sheffield Police Lt. Ray Terry said apparently the driver of the SUV was attempting to cross the road to go to a nearby convenience store.

Authorities at the scene said the motorcycle and the victim traveled about 10 feet after it hit the passenger side of the SUV.

A long skid mark was visible at the scene leading  to where the collision happened.

The motorcycle skidded more than 100 feet before striking the SUV.

Officials at the scene said it appeared the rider of the motorcycle said the Expedition pulled out and he tried to stop but couldn’t, and the motorcycle went on it’s side and it and the rider slipped into the side of the SUV.

Sunday evening’s crash is the second fatality in three days involving a motorcycle and a SUV.

“Apparently, there are a lot of similarities between this one and the one in Muscle Shoals Friday night,” Terry said.

A Muscle Shoals man was killed Friday night when the Harley Davidson motorcycle he was riding crashed with an SUV at the intersection of Woodward Avenue and Sixth Street.

In that accident, Muscle Shoals Police said, the motorcycle was traveling south on Woodward Avenue and crashed into the passenger side of the SUV that was turning west onto Sixth Street.

Ray said Sunday’s fatality is the first in the city of Sheffield this year, and the first in the city in the last few years.

The crash is the 26th in Northwest Alabama and the southern Tennessee counties of Wayne and Lawrence this year.

It is the third in July and the third in the region since Wednesday.

The accident remains under investigation by the Sheffield Police Department.

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