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A MedFlight helicopter transports one victim from the scene of an accident at McEntire Lane and Gordon Terry Parkway (Alabama 24) on Wednesday.  A motorcycle rider was killed in the accident, which involved two other vehicles.
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A MedFlight helicopter transports one victim from the scene of an accident at McEntire Lane and Gordon Terry Parkway (Alabama 24) on Wednesday. A motorcycle rider was killed in the accident, which involved two other vehicles.

3-vehicle crash
kills cycle rider

Passenger, driver of car injured

By Seth Burkett
sburkett@decaturdaily.com 340-2355

A three-vehicle crash killed a motorcycle driver and injured his passenger Wednesday afternoon near Decatur.

The motorcycle was eastbound on Alabama 24 when a car crossed the intersection heading south on McEntire Lane at about 3:30 p.m., authorities said.

Morgan County Coroner Russ Beard said the impact was hard enough to significantly damage the car.

The motorcycle was tangled beneath the front bumper of a pickup waiting to go north at the stop sign. Driver Travis Everett, 22, and passenger Rebecca Byers, 23, both of Leighton, were thrown to the grassy roadside, where the car came to rest.

Everett was pronounced dead at the scene. Beard said Everett died of blunt force trauma, including head injuries sustained despite his helmet.

Byers appeared to have suffered serious injuries, witnesses said.

MedFlight carried her to Huntsville Hospital, where she was undergoing surgery Wednesday night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Byers wore a helmet, state troopers said.

Troopers said the driver of the car, Jerida Lockhart, 21, of Decatur, also suffered injuries. Relatives said troopers took Lockhart to Parkway Medical Center after taking her statement. Her condition was not immediately available.

An 11-year-old passenger in Lockhart's vehicle was shaken up but not injured, they said.

The driver of the pickup, Jim Roberts, 46, of Moulton, was not injured.

The wreck remains under investigation.

Beard said Everett and Byers apparently were a couple and that family members told him Everett had recently been living in Town Creek.

Lawrence Funeral Home in Moulton will announce arrangements for Everett.

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