Atmore Fire Department Assistant Chief Mike Staples and a fellow firefighter look over the wreckage Friday night.| Photo by Adam Prestridge

UPDATED: One killed in Friday wreck

Published 11:43pm Friday, February 18, 2011

One person was killed and four people were injured Friday night when a motorcycle and pick-up truck collided at the intersection of Hwy. 21 and Sunset Drive.

Officers at the scene said it appeared that the accident occurred when the driver of a Ford pick-up truck pulled out from Sunset Drive into the path of a Honda Gold Wing motorcycle traveling north on Hwy. 21. The impact of the crash, which occurred just before 10:15 p.m., was so powerful that it flipped the truck over onto its side.

Forty-five-year-old Carl Edward Deleo Jr., of Pensacola, Fla. and 60-year-old Elizabeth Rucker, of Pensacola, Fla., were traveling on the motorcycle and were both thrown from the bike with the passenger being tossed over the truck into the roadway. It is believed, but was not confirmed, that one of the three passengers of the truck was ejected from the vehicle as well.

Paramedics with Atmore Ambulance transported the Deleo and Rucker of the motorcycle to Atmore Community Hospital for treatment of injuries where Deleo was pronounced dead. Atmore Ambulance also transported 38-year-old Otis Lanell Jackson, of Uriah and 24-year-old Malika Moore, of Uriah, who were traveling in the truck to the North Baldwin Infirmary in Bay Minette. It is unknown the severity of any of their injuries. The other injured occupant from the truck, 59-year-old Robert E. Lee was taken to USA Hospital in Mobile.

Officers took two of the occupants of the truck into custody a few blocks from the wreck after they left the scene of the crash. They received only minor injuries.

It is unknown if alcohol was involved in the accident, but numerous beer cans littered the roadway near the pickup truck.

Officers with the Atmore Police Department, deputies with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and personnel with Atmore Fire Department assisted at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation by the Alabama State Trooper’s Office.

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  • Bamcubz

    From the photo, this really looks bad. I hope they all survived and will recovery from their injuries soon.

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  • bama918

    sounds to me like the motorcyle was at fault also..To hit it so hard the truck flipped ? Just how fast was the nmotorcylcle going? I hate this happened but really tired of the times i have been forced off the road because they have no respect for anyone

  • dotolive

    If the truck pulled out in front of the motorcycle then how can it be the motorcycles fault? regardless of speed the truck should have not pulled out.

  • Chandler Myers

    Until the investigation is over how about we not point fingers at anyone. Some was fatally injured in this accident and I’m sure the family of the deceased might not want to see people pointing fingers saying it’s their fault. I understand this is a forum for comments, but something of this nature should be used for prayers and well wishes.

  • DJ

    Thank you Mr Meyers. The accident stinks no matter what. The person who passed away was a friend, a neighbor,and a good father as well as just a good guy. My heart goes out to his children who he raised, and his girl friend who was also in the accident and the rest of his family. God Bless them and all.

  • rjnared

    We are so sorry about the accident, the loss of life and injuries to all involved. We can only pray for the families of all involved, and hope for the healing that only the LORD can provide. May we all continue to ride and drive safely. Robert Nared, Charoits of Pensacola

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