The Fort Benning soldier killed in a Phenix City motorcycle crash early Tuesday morning had returned recently from combat and completed a motorcycle refresher course on post.
Sgt. Jerell Taylor, 24, of Sumter, S.C., was assigned to the 203rd Forward Support Battalion, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, which recently returned from Iraq.
Taylor was thrown f ro m h i s K awa s a k i motorcycle after 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 after a Phenix City police officer clocked Taylor and another motorcyclist speeding. The officer pulled out to give chase, but by the time he caught up with Taylor, the soldier had crashed and the other rider had kept going.
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Alabama State Troopers are investigating, but they have been unable to locate or identify the second motorcyclist.
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, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal and Iraq Campaign Medal with Bronze Service Star.