UPDATED: One killed in Friday wreck

Published 11:43 pm Friday, February 18, 2011

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

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.

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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.

For more on this story, log onto atmoreadvance.com or see Wednesday’s edition of The Advance.