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West Point man killed in motorcycle wreck


Jason Browne



The Golden Triangle''s second motorcycle fatality in just over a week happened Friday on Highway 50 in Clay County. 


Shane Marshall Delay, 23, of West Point, was driving a black 2008 Harley-Davidson motorcycle East near the intersection of Highway 50 and Waverly Road around 1:30 p.m. when he collided with a black 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by Danny Comer, 48, of West Point. 


The Mississippi Highway Patrol has not released details about the accident, except that Delay was transported by ambulance to Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle where he was pronounced dead by Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter. Three children, ages nine, 10 and 13, were riding in the Avalanche but no additional injuries were reported. The accident remains under investigation by the MHP. 


On July 1, John Andrew Hall, 38, of 3174 Highway 45 North in Columbus, was killed after his motorcycle collided with an alleged drunk driver at the intersection of Highway 45 and 31st Avenue. 


Julian Alvarez Lopez, 34, of 2306 Bittersweet Drive in Columbus, was leaving his job at Mi Toro Mexican Restaurant -- he''s since been fired from the restaurant -- when he turned left onto 31st Avenue 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. 


Lopez was administered a Breathalyzer test at the scene of the accident and registered over the legal limit of .08. He remains in custody at the Lowndes County Detention Center on a $1 million bond for vehicular manslaughter. He is also charged with driving with no license and no insurance.  


A court date has been set for Aug. 5 for the manslaughter charge. Lopez does not have a lawyer and is awaiting a court appointed attorney.




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