One Killed in Ebro Motorcycle Accident

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Authorities have re-opened a stretch of Highway 79 after being blocked off for several hours due to a fatal motorcycle accident.

The crash happened around 5:30pm on Highway 79 near Environmental Road in Ebro.

The Florida Highway Patrol says 61 year old William Garner Reeder od Dadeville, Ala was riding his motorcycle north on SR 79 just south of the intersection with SR 20.

As he approached Environmental Road he left the northbound lanes, drove into the grassy median and overturned several times.

He died at the scene. Trooers say Reeder was not wearing a helmet.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.

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  • by Penny on May 9, 2012 at 04:01 PM
    I emailed a couple of people today and spoke to one on the phone.I hope the information was helpful in some way.Again I'm very sorry for the lose
  • by Anonymous Location: Opelika, alabama on May 9, 2012 at 08:18 AM
    ty, penny I will pass along your information at his funeral this friday! I am sure they will be contacting you.
  • by Mark Location: PCB on May 8, 2012 at 07:34 PM
    Sounds like he was a really nice guy, I'm sorry for your loss.
  • by thyrus Location: daleville,ala on May 8, 2012 at 06:56 PM
    i just want to say to the family that me and my girlfriend want to say we're praying for you and ur family and to let you know that god will see you through your heartaches and pains.there are so many poeple leaven this world these times and day's but remember god has him with himm now and he's alright so we just want your family too know that we love you and god bless your family
  • by Penny on May 8, 2012 at 12:17 PM
    This is to Kimma....I am one of the people that witnessed the entire accident and stayed for an hour and a half waiting to speak to the state trooper.If his family wants to know anything about the accident I will tell them everything I know.My email is My thoughts and prayers are with his family
  • by Cindy Location: Alabama on May 8, 2012 at 11:19 AM
    We passed by this on our way into PCB, and it was so terribly sad to see. My thoughts and prayers go out to the gentleman's family and friends. I think the images will stay with me the rest of my life. I pray for peace and comfort for his family and all those dear to him. People need to be more respectful with they're comments and opinions. Also look twice for not only bikes, but cars and atvs as well. There would be alot less car accidents if people would put they're cell phones away.God Bless
  • by TH on May 8, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    I want to say that motor vehicles need to also pay more attention to motorcycles. Yes, you are going to have a few fools that don't act right but, most bikers are genuine. They are normal human beings just like anyone else in a car or what ever. If you watch out for each others it will help everyone in the long run. Praying for the man soul and his family. God bless you all! Didn't know him but, I know he was a great man.
  • by Kimma Location: Opelika, alabama on May 8, 2012 at 09:22 AM
    My mom grew up with willie, and I knew him and his family all of my life. He was a very nice man. Never saw him without a smile! To all who read these comments and choose to leave ignorant heartless comments about someone you obviously didnt know, should be ashamed of yourselves. Remember you reap what you sow! He had extreme knowledge of motorcycles and all the dangers associated with them. his family and friends that cherished him are reading your ignorant comments and being hurt even more on top of dealing with their loss of willie, and you should have more compassion for his family and friends that are reading this to get more information involoving this incident because they arent getting information like they should be. They have questions and unresolved issues concerning this accident and I just cant believe how insensitive some can be to a grieving family. remember this... all of your idiotic statements go into a file with the Lord and he will read them to you when you get to the pearly gates of heaven and want you to explain your reasons, what will you say????
  • by Anonymous Location: Alabama on May 8, 2012 at 08:45 AM
    This gentleman came by us right outside of PCB. I can say to the family you could tell he was a nice guy he had on overalls and waved and smiled as he came by. I started praying for him and his family as soon as we came up on the wreck. I am so sorry for your loss. There was a woman there that kinda "took charge" so to speak I dont know who she is but I totally respect her for trying to help. This family is still in my prayers.
  • by rhonda Location: alabama on May 7, 2012 at 11:34 PM
    My husband & I are biker's and while we were at the beach we didn't wear our helmets either. We put then back on when we left and entered the highway.I am a christian and I don't believe God takes you before it's your time.Yes, I understand he gives you good sense to protect yourself,but I feel no matter what your doing if your time comes you go. I'd also like to say my feelings are that at least he died doing something he enjoyed, maybe he was somewhat of a thrill seeker, but aren't all bikers to some point. I have worked in EMS for many years and seen many wrecks, so it isn't that I'm stupid about how terrible these wrecks are. I say God bless his friends and family, I am so sorry this happened, but take comfort in the fact that he was enjoying life the way he liked to live it. God is the one in control of when we go and I don't believe his death was a punishment for what he was doing even if it was a little wreck less.He didn't hurt anyone but himself physically so why all this blame? Praying for his family & friends.
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