The Fort Benning Soldier killed in a Phenix City, Ala. motorcycle crash early Tuesday morning has been identified as Sgt. Jerell Taylor, 24, of Sumter, S.C., according to the post's public affairs office.
Taylor was assigned to the 203rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division. He recently returned from a deployment to Iraq and completed a motorcycle refresher course at the beginning of the month.
Taylor joined the Army in June 2001 and was stationed at Fort Benning in December of 2001. His military awards include the Army Commendation with "V" device, the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation (Army & Air Force); Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Driver and Mechanic Badge, Noncommissioned Officers Professional Development Ribbon and Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star.
Taylor was thrown from his Kawasaki motorcycle when he lost control of the bike shortly before midnight and slammed into a brick mailbox in the 2800 block of Summerville Road. Taylor was wearing a helmet.
The crash occurred just minutes before a Phenix City police officer clocked Taylor and another motorcyclist speeding. When the officer pulled out behind Taylor he and the other biker sped off.
Alabama State Troopers are investigating. They have not yet located the second motorcyclist.