On Friday, May 16, a Carrabelle couple was killed when a car struck their motorcycle in New Hope, Alabama.
Gregory Binkley, 61, and his wife, Barbara, 57, were exiting a parking lot adjacent to US 431 at around 1:45 p.m. when the accident occurred. Witnesses said the victims pulled out on the southbound side of U.S. 431 when a car heading south struck their motorcycle.
Huntsville resident Tyler Daniel pulled up on the wreck scene moments after impact. “It was the worst thing I have ever seen, I wouldn’t wish seeing that on anyone,” Daniel told a reporter at the scene.
Witnesses say the woman driver of the car collapsed on the road after the accident. Moments later, her car caught fire, but firefighters arrived and extinguished the blaze.
Highway 431 was closed for more than two hours as investigators collected evidence. The speed limit along this stretch of highway is 55 mph according to police, but it is not clear if speed played a factor.
The Binkleys owned a home on Buckeye Road north of Carrabelle.
An avid sailor, Gregory Binkley worked as a tugboat captain on the Mississippi River. He is remembered by many Carrabelle residents as a talented guitarist and songwriter who specialized in traveling songs about boats and trains.