UPDATE: Fort Benning soldier identified after deadly crash

Cars leave the Fort Benning main gate onto Fort Benning Drive Tuesday.  10.01.13
Cars leave the Fort Benning main gate onto Fort Benning Drive Tuesday. 10.01.13

A 27-year-old Fort Benning soldier killed during a Grenada Drive motorcycle crash was identified Wednesday morning, according to the Muscogee County Coroner's Office.

Deputy Coroner Charles Newton said Fort Benning commanders notified Ohio family members of Zachary Alley's death late Tuesday. The active duty soldier died after a totaling his crotch rocket-style motorcycle Tuesday morning.

Mary Jane Moore said she tried to revive the soldier for several minutes after she found him dozens of feet from his wrecked motorcycle in her mother's 3000 block yard around 9:30 a.m., she told the Ledger-Enquirer Tuesday afternoon.

"My mother and I came home and saw the motorcycle laying in the grass and thought 'What the hell happened?'" Moore, a Columbus Technical College student, said. "Bits and pieces of his bike are still strewn throughout the yard."

Police dispatchers instructed Moore to turn Alley onto his back and remove his helmet, which was stuck in place due to swelling.

Moore said she worked with a Columbus police officer for several minutes to perform CPR on the unconscious victim before medics arrived.

"We weren't there when it happened," she said. "But it looks like he hit a big root in the yard and his bike went forward and he got thrown back."

Alley was pronounced dead around 10 a.m. Moore said she recognized Alley's motorcycle from a nearby residence.

"We knew exactly which house. But I never talked to him. I never said hey or anything," Moore said. "We went down the street to see if he had any family who lived down there."