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Alleged drunk driver kills motorcyclist


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A Columbus man was killed Thursday evening when a drunk driver struck his motorcycle on Highway 45 North, police said. 


John Andrew Hall, 38, of 3174 Highway 45 North in Columbus, was driving north on Highway 45 at the 31st Avenue intersection around 6:30 p.m. when Julian Alvarez Lopez, 34, of 2306 Bittersweet Drive in Columbus, who was southbound on Highway 45, turned left onto 31st Avenue and into Hall''s path. Hall''s motorcycle struck Lopez''s 2004 Dodge Stratus, causing Hall major head and chest trauma which resulted in his death. 


Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Hall was wearing a helmet. He was pronounced dead at 6:55 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle. 


Lopez was administered a Breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident and registered a .227 percent breath content, according to Columbus Police Lt. Terrie Songer. Mississippi''s legal limit is .08 percent. 


Police said Lopez refused further breath tests. Police sent a blood sample to the Mississippi Crime Lab in Jackson for testing. Lopez suffered no injuries, police said. 


Lopez was arrested for felony vehicular manslaughter, and misdemeanor charges of driving with no license and no insurance. 


Bond for Lopez, who was still in custody this morning, has not yet been set.




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Reader Comments

Article Comment btuman commented at 7/2/2010 12:03:00 PM:

NOt to be too picky here at drunk drivers come in all shape and sizes but it Lopez a citizen or alien? Makes you wonder about AZ and it's new law?


Article Comment [email protected] commented at 7/2/2010 12:27:00 PM:

Wouldn't you KNOW it??? the person at fault SUFFERED NO INJURIES.


Article Comment karmasabitch commented at 7/2/2010 1:18:00 PM:

This is really sad.. I feel for the family for Johnny Hall. My deepest regrets go out to you and your family. RIP


Article Comment justme commented at 7/2/2010 3:06:00 PM:

My condolences to the John Hall family. If this guy had a .227 breathalyzer reading, might even be higher BAC level. Plus Blood test will reveal if drugs were in his system. Not that it even matters at this point!! no, dont deport him..........detain him. He will just go back to his country and kill people over there!


Article Comment seadoo commented at 7/2/2010 10:08:00 PM:

And 3 children had to lose their father at the hands of someone else's poor decisions? Such a shame...
My thoughts and prayers are with the Hall family.


Article Comment afwife commented at 7/2/2010 11:04:00 PM:

Does anyone have anymore info on this accident? I know a John Hall and want to know if this is the same person. This saddens me....and now children have to grow up without a father. My hope is that the driver is NEVER allowed to hurt anyone else, and cause anymore pain!!! Thoughts and prayers go out to the Hall family.


Article Comment jade2010 commented at 7/3/2010 1:28:00 AM:

I just wanted to add that my daughter and my self were almost the first to get to the accident, the mexicain guy was just standing there like with no feelings on his face i wanted to slap him , and jerk away his phone ,he was on his phone the entire time,the passenger winsheild was busted , the poor guy on the motorcycle it saddened me there wasnt much any one could do,he was not in any pain, he was with GOD i knew that when i seen him, my thoughts and prayers go out to his family and children, my daughter called the 911 call, there were many people trying to help him with the ambulances got there, I hope they really bring justice to his family and lock that guy up.again im truly sorry we couldnt do more.


Article Comment roscoe p. coltrain commented at 7/3/2010 7:38:00 AM:

And the booze ads will tell you to "drink responsibly".

This country makes too many excuses for products on the market that are harmful in general. The effects, and consequences, of alcohol use have been long known, but the excuses abound. Years ago, a childs toy called "Lawn Darts" was pulled from the market because ONE child was hit in the head with a metal dart causing injury, but thousands of children can be killed or maimed by alcohol and there are plenty who will supply the excuses for tolerating it. So would you feel better had this man been killed by someone drinking responsibly? When are we going to quit making excuses?

Well, now you can add a few more kids to the pile. Who knows, maybe you or yours will be next. Get your excuses ready.


Article Comment dm commented at 7/3/2010 3:21:00 PM:

My condolences to the Hall family...

As for Mr. Julian Alvarez Lopez... I guess you could say that he should have thought more clearly before he went for a - Bittersweet Drive...

*puts sunglasses on, walks away*



Article Comment kimb1616 commented at 7/3/2010 10:32:00 PM:

He worked at Severstal...I heard he will be buried in Forest, MS where he is from.


Article Comment johnboy commented at 7/4/2010 7:51:00 AM:

i knew John and his children. i too wonder if the drunk even had a green card since he didn't have anything else that he should've. i really hope our justice sytem really pushes this to the limit... although they've let me down before.


Article Comment [email protected] commented at 7/5/2010 3:42:00 PM:

Very unfortunate, and a good case for tougher laws AGAINST:
1. Public drunkeness.
2. Drunk driving.
3. Driving without a license
4. Illegal entry into this country.


Article Comment haleyalise commented at 7/6/2010 5:42:00 PM:

John has four kids! I'm one of them! Five counting my little brother!


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